Ambitious plans for a Plastic-free Bury have been drawn up by Bury Labour Group, Aimed at taking effect by 2022.
Your local Labour Group are planning to protect the borough from avoidable plastic waste with a trail blazing policy and although Bury may be the smallest borough in Greater Manchester, this policy will be sure to lead the metropolitan county into a green and environmentally conscious future. A Labour motion was put forward by Councillors Kevin Thomas and Karen Leach which aims for a plastic free supply chain, Kevin describes, during his maiden speech, that plastics as “the wonder material over the last one hundred years” that is a victim of its own success, adding that single use plastics are overused, becoming a “huge problem that needs to be dealt with” and Karen stated that “As custodians of this planet, it’s incumbent on each and every one of us to act, as a council it’s incumbent on us to lead the way”.
The motion was passed by council during a council meeting of councillors and council officers on Wednesday 17th January 2019 by all present with the exception of one Conservative member, who abstained.
The first plastic-free shop in Bury opened in Ramsbottom during September 2018 and also follows Bury being the first English council to debate a deposit return scheme.
More information can be found on the below links for Bury Times or the official council footage.