Disappointing news on single-use plastics in Merton Council

25 November 2018

Merton Council will not be following the example of Parliament and councils such as Brighton and Exeter by banning the use of single-use plastics on its premises.  Answering a question from Merton Green, Tom Killick at the Council meeting on 21 November, Deputy Leader Mark Allison said that the Council was constrained by its contract with its catering supplier, but had negotiated a number of changes with them. 

The Council meeting was filmed by Merton.TV and can be found here. Tom's question can be seen approximately 12 minutes in.

Green Party candidate for Mitcham and Morden, Pippa Maslin said: "It is deeply disappointing that the Council places the commercial interests of its supplier above the need to reduce the harm caused by plastic waste." Sonja Timpson, Green Party candidate for Wimbledon said: "I am extremely disappointed that Merton Council have decided not to lead the way in reducing plastic waste. How can they preach to local residents and businesses about this if they are not willing to lead by example?"

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