Shoppers join 'plastic attack' demo

September 28 2018
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Redland and Bishopston shoppers joined campaigners from around the world on September 15 in ‘plastic attacks’ where they handed back their unneeded single use plastics to supermarkets across Bristol.

 Action took place in Clifton Down, Bedminster, Brislington and elsewhere, with supermarkets asked in advance to accept back the excess plastic packaging they have created. 

Redland councillor Martin Fodor took part in the protest at Sainsbury’s in Clifton Down shopping centre. He said: “The public are way ahead of the Council on this, and rapidly showing that supermarkets and brands need to act to cut the profligate use of wasteful and damaging plastics. People are impatient for the Council to put its own house in order and ensure its services stop encouraging plastic litter and wasted resources when other solutions exist.

 “Tackling the worldwide scourge of plastic needs national government, local government, companies and individuals to act, and it’s frustrating it’s taking so long for the council to play its part in adapting licenses and services in straightforward ways, like the terms of café concessions.” 

After the delay in action on plastics from Bristol City Council was raised by Councillor Martin Fodor at a recent cabinet meeting, the Council will finally be introducing a ‘latte levy’ in City Hall, which will add a small charge to disposable cups similar to the plastic bag tax.

 A petition calling on the Council to take action to reduce plastics has already gained almost 3,000 signatures.  The petition calls on the Council to put in place practical measures to reduce plastics in its own services and the activities it licenses and controls. Once 3,500 signatures are reached across all platforms, it will be debated by the council, in the coming months. To sign up see: democracy.bristol.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=13&RPID=2633720&HPID=2633720)