Mid Suffolk District Council has unanimously agreed to support the Government’s proposals to introduce a plastic bottle return scheme.
At a meeting on Thursday 21 December, the Council pledged its support for initiatives being considered by the Government to reduce the amount of plastic waste and to make retailers pay more towards recycling the packaging in which they sell their products.
Suffolk is ranked second of 32 waste disposal authorities in two-tier areas for recycling dry recyclables.
A report published by Eunomia in the autumn estimates each local authority could save between £62,000 and £495,000 each by reducing waste handling costs.
Cabinet Member Without Portfolio, Councillor Penny Otton, who put forward the motion, said: “It is a well established fact that plastic is one of the worst pollutants of the environment. Plastic is expensive to dispose of and too much of it ends up at the bottom of the sea, where it is having an increasingly devastating effect on life in our oceans.
“By supporting the Government’s proposals we can help to make Suffolk the greenest county in the country by joining efforts to encourage residents to reuse plastic bottles and businesses to produce packaging which can be recycled more easily and cheaply.”