Honiton council to lead fight against plastics use in town

PUBLISHED: 11:15 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 12 October 2017

Honiton Town Council will now lead the fight against plastics use in the town. Pictured: Cllr Caroline Kolek and Cllr John Zarczynski. Main image: Thinkstock.

Honiton Town Council will now lead the fight against plastics use in the town. Pictured: Cllr Caroline Kolek and Cllr John Zarczynski. Main image: Thinkstock.

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Former mayor Caroline Kolek filed a motion at last night’s council meeting for the authority to ‘explore ways of reducing use of single use plastics in Honiton’.

Honiton Town Council will lead the fight on the town’s use of plastics after concerns were flagged over the ‘global problem’ the material causes.

Former mayor Caroline Kolek filed a motion at last night’s council meeting for the authority to ‘explore ways of reducing use of single use plastics in Honiton’.

Cllr Kolek said: “If you go into a supermarket, you will not get a plastic bag and that is fully accepted.

“However, looking around Honiton, the amount of plastic that is used... it’s a global issue.

“I think the town council needs to be thinking about how to reduce single use plastic and how to liaise with businesses and community groups about this.”

Cllr Kolek’s motion was questioned by council leader Cllr John Zarczynski, who said the council already had a lot of projects to complete.

He added: “I fully support what you are saying but my view is there’s a lot being done [to tackle plastics] already.

“This council is five members short and there is a number of major things going on - such as our Neighbourhood Plan.

“For a council that is five members short, we are doing exceedingly well and we must ask ourselves ‘What are our priorities?’”

Cllr Zarczynksi said the issue could be driven through the council’s media, adding: “I do not think we can do anything about packaging - it’s down to the manufacturers.”

“Anything that can help the environment is a noble cause, but I do not think this council needs to take on another project when we have so many requirements to fill already.”

The motion was passed at a vote of six for, four against.

According to Greenpeace, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in the world’s oceans each year - the equivalent of a truck-load of rubbish per minute.

The charity is calling on big corporations to act to reduce their plastic footprint as part of a worldwide campaign to end the flow of plastic into oceans.

Cllr Kolek’s motion in full: Honiton Town Council should work with local businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce and other local community groups, to explore ways of reducing single use plastics in Honiton.

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