Freedom of information response

Replacement Buses/Plastic

Publication date: 
Thursday 29 August 2019
Request: 

1)  How quickly will you have a policy to ensure all new replacement buses are electric ?
2)  Have you ensured all plastic waste entering the water system has been halted ?
3)  What measures have you taken to remove all plastic already in the water system ?
4)  Have you ensured all schools, colleges have taken steps to educate pupils on the importance of not littering ?

Response: 

1. Thurrock Council do not own buses.  Bus routes are a run by commercial operators, with the Council subsidising those not covered by the commercial service.

 

2. Thurrock Council has a programme of street cleansing, including litter picking and actively enforces against littering within the Borough. Through these actions we seek to reduce the levels of all waste across all areas within the borough.  We do not have direct management responsibility for water courses.  The main one within Thurrock being the River Thames. We do however work with the 3rd sector and support volunteers who run programmes litter picking along the bank of the Thames within the Borough.

3. Please see Question 2 above.

4.  Thurrock Council are dedicated to reducing waste, including littering, and as such has recruited a Recycling Project and Education Officer whose role is to look at ways we can reduce waste, recycling more efficiently and educate the local community.

The Officers role includes visiting local schools within the Borough and running assemblies looking to education children on how we can reduce, reuse and recycle waste and what happens to our waste after we put it in the bin and when we litter.  During these assemblies Children are encouraged to think about why littering is bad and how we can avoid it. 

 

Although the Officer has not yet worked together with schools to ensure that they provide this education themselves, from the enthusiastic reactions we are receiving from the schools, we hope that this is the first step and teaching children about littering becomes a part of schools’ educational programme in the near future.

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Request reference:
FOI 9304