Issued: March 12, 2018
Town council withdraws plastic straws in support of campaign
Waltham Abbey Town Council is to ban plastic straws at Town Mead and Waltham Abbey Town Hall as part of its support for the Single Use Plastic campaign.
The town council has offered its full support to the campaign which was highlighted on the BBC programme Blue Planet II which focused on the severe detrimental impact the irresponsible disposal of one use plastics has on the world’s oceans, its flora and fauna.
The Government’s 25-year Environmental Plan advises that it will work towards eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050 and all avoidable plastic waste by end of 2042.
The town council, at its various venues, has decided to sell reusable bottles at the Tourist Information Centre, no longer sell one use plastic bottles, act as a refill point (Tourist Information Centre and Town Mead), and no longer provide plastic straws at the function suites/bars.
The council will also sell reusable coffee cups at the Tourist Information Centre, and sell refills at Town Mead, and will not use disposable cutlery on council premises.
The council is also looking at ways of raising awareness of the campaign throughout the town, with posters and notices promoting the council's reduction in use of one-use plastics, and including an article in the council's Town Crier newsletter and on its website.