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Motions on Notice

Councillor M Wilkes to Move

 

This Council resolves to:

Request that a report be brought to Full Council on the options for bringing an end to the use of unnecessary Single Use Plastics (SUP) in County Durham, taking account of the following measures to:


a) enable Durham County Council to become a full signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’, by phasing out the use of unnecessary SUPs in all County Council buildings, and working with commissioning partners to end the purchase and procurement of SUPs through the DCC supply chain;


b) encourage the County’s businesses, organisations and residents to go ‘plastic free,’ working with best practice partners across the County to explore the creation of a ‘plastic free network,’ that could provide business support, practical guidelines and advice to help local businesses transition from SUPs to sustainable alternatives;


c) to incentivise traders on Council land to sell re-usable or non-plastic biodegradable containers and invite customers to bring their own, with the aim of phasing out SUPs; including investigating the possibility of requiring food and drink vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event permission, strengthening DCC's existing guidance for exhibitors and traders.

 

Minutes:

In accordance with a Notice of Motion it was Moved by Councillor Wilkes, Seconded by Councillor L Brown

 

That this Council resolves to:

 

Request that a report be brought to Full Council on the options for bringing an end to the use of unnecessary Single Use Plastics (SUP) in County Durham, taking account of the following measures to:

 

a) enable Durham County Council to become a full signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’, by phasing out the use of unnecessary SUPs in all County Council buildings, and working with commissioning partners to end the purchase and procurement of SUPs through the DCC supply chain;

 

b) encourage the County’s businesses, organisations and residents to go ‘plastic free,’ working with best practice partners across the County to explore the creation of a ‘plastic free network,’ that could provide business support, practical guidelines and advice to help local businesses transition from SUPs to sustainable alternatives;

 

c) to incentivise traders on Council land to sell re-usable or non-plastic biodegradable containers and invite customers to bring their own, with the aim of phasing out SUPs; including investigating the possibility of requiring food and drink vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event permission, strengthening DCC's existing guidance for exhibitors and traders.

 

Councillor Crute considered that it was more appropriate to refer this to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Management Board and Moved an amendment that the words ‘a report be brought to Full Council’ be replaced by a report be brought to Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Management Board’:

 

Seconded by Councillor A Patterson.

 

Councillor Wilkes accepted the amendment to the Motion.  The following then became the substantive Motion:

 

That this Council resolves to:

 

Request that a report be brought to Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Management Board on the options for bringing an end to the use of unnecessary Single Use Plastics (SUP) in County Durham, taking account of the following measures to:

 

a) enable Durham County Council to become a full signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’, by phasing out the use of unnecessary SUPs in all County Council buildings, and working with commissioning partners to end the purchase and procurement of SUPs through the DCC supply chain;

 

b) encourage the County’s businesses, organisations and residents to go ‘plastic free,’ working with best practice partners across the County to explore the creation of a ‘plastic free network,’ that could provide business support, practical guidelines and advice to help local businesses transition from SUPs to sustainable alternatives;

 

c) to incentivise traders on Council land to sell re-usable or non-plastic biodegradable containers and invite customers to bring their own, with the aim of phasing out SUPs; including investigating the possibility of requiring food and drink vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event permission, strengthening DCC's existing guidance for exhibitors and traders.

 

Upon a vote being taken the substantive motion was carried.

 

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