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Single-use plastic banned at Hunstanton Town Council

A town council in West Norfolk has announced a New Year’s resolution which will see it go plastic free this year.

Single-use plastics will be phased out from all Hunstanton Town Council premises from the start of February, it has been announced.

It comes after the council had declared a climate emergency in 2019 and introduced measures such as new recycling bins and a Ballot Voting Bin for cigarette litter.

Hunstanton Town Hall. (25837611)
Hunstanton Town Hall. (25837611)

A Vegan Fair was also held after the council set up a new Environment Panel in the latter half of 2019.

Councillor Amanda Knight, who chairs the Environment Panel, said: “The council already works in partnership with projects such as Refill to help reduce single-use plastic within the town.

“As a council we have a commitment to the environment and our policies need to reflect this.”

A spokesperson for the council said it has been acknowledged that some single-use plastics can be made available only if it is essential for medical reasons or disability.

The government has already confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds which will be enforced from April this year.

The council spokesperson said the council had reacted to the government’s decision with their own localised scheme.

They said: “We are putting our plan into action early to give businesses an opportunity to find alternatives before the holiday season.

“We are also taking our policy further than the government and aim to ban all single-use plastics on our premises including disposable water bottles.”

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