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Council backs contractors’ single use plastic reduction

24 January 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council has backed one of its contractors choosing to reduce its use of single use plastics at its base at Rushcliffe Arena.

Parkwood Leisure’s Café Vita, which serves customers at the site, no longer offers plastic cups, cutlery or straws which will result in an estimated annual saving of 200 kilos of plastic at the firm’s sites across the country.

Instead, standard china cups are on offer for all drinks and take away beverages are now supplied in a 100 per cent compostable form cup.

The authority announced in December it was to review all of its practices and encourage contractors to follow suit wherever possible. 

The Leader of the Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We want to be an environmentally friendly authority and we were very keen to take action quickly, including advising and encouraging partners and contractors to review where their single use plastic could be reduced.

“It’s great news Parkwood Leisure have chosen to make these changes. In the council offices a working group is also reviewing day to day practices and having further conversations with other contractors.

“We are committed to making a positive difference to the environment in Rushcliffe wherever we can.”

Alternatives to the materials have been sourced in the cafe including paper straws, wooden event cutlery and PLA, a bio based plastic made from renewable raw materials such as corn based resin that can be used for smoothie cups and lids.

Rushcliffe Arena General Manager Luke Colaluca said: “The decision to re-examine the environment credentials was in line with all Parkwood Leisure sites and it is estimated will equate to a reduction of over two million cups and lids a year going to landfill.

“We’re also introducing and promoting to customers a reusable coffee cup, offering them a discount each time they reuse it.”