Freedom of information response

Plastic usage within the council

Publication date: 
Friday 31 May 2019
Request: 

1.    Does the Council have a specific policy relating to single-use plastic usage at premises owned or leased out to 3rd parties? If so, please provide further details.

2.    Does the Council have a specific policy relating to single-use plastic usage among Council staff and elected officials? If so, please provide further details.

3.    Is the Council engaged with any local initiatives to reduce single-use plastic? If so, please provide further details. 

4.    Does the Council currently provide ample refill water stations for use by staff and visitors at premises owned or leased out to 3rd parties? If so, please provide further details.

Response: 

1.    No

2.    No

3.    At the moment Thurrock Council are assisting the Essex Wildlife Trust to deliver ‘plasticology workshops’ to schools in Thurrock (and the rest of Essex). These workshops are focused on single use plastics, and on educating children about the impact

of these plastics on our environment. At the moment the EWT is planning to visit a school in Grays, but the plan is to eventually expand this to multiple schools in Thurrock.

We will furthermore visit schools together with our recycling facility Bywaters to give assemblies on recycling and the negative effects of single use plastics. We will also visit libraries in Thurrock during the great summer read. These visits will focus on recycling and our recycling system within our borough, but this will at the same time also entail education about single use plastics.

In addition to this we will launch a communications campaign on recycling within the next couple of months. This campaign again will focus on recycling within our borough, as well as the effects of single use plastics.

4.    Yes

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Request reference:
FOI 9023