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Cornwall backs calls to cut plastic wrapping

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:38pm 19th December 2017.

Cornwall is backing calls to supermarkets to reduce their plastic wrapping.

A member of the House of Lords wants shops to reduce plastic wrapping on vegetables, in a bid to help cut the amount of plastic material ending up in the environment and oceans.

Now Cornwall Council has announced that it is backing the calls.

Figures released by the Cucumber Growers Association estimate that cucumbers alone are responsible for 490 tons of plastic wrapping every year.

Councillor Sue James, the Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: "We need producers and manufacturers to take action to reduce the amount of plastic they are using to wrap their goods.

"I hope those based in Cornwall will be keen to voluntarily get involved.

"The Government has said it will publish its plan to tackle plastic recycling early in the new year and I hope that Ministers will look closely at the proposal from Lord Hayward so we can protect our environment and oceans from further pollution from plastics.

"In the meantime, we are working hard to increase the amount of plastic residents recycle in Cornwall as part of our campaign to increase our overall recycling figures.

"We have just completed the roll out of our door step recycling collection scheme for plastic pots, tubs and trays across the whole of Cornwall and we are confident that this will increase recycling uptake in many areas."

The proposal also has the backing of Clean Cornwall's Community Manager Jill Stott who said: "What if supermarkets joined forces right now with communities and consumers who are already making the choice to reduce the demand for and consumption of unnecessary single use plastic.

"Imagine the kind of story we could tell for the UK, one no doubt full of challenge but told with a willingness to collaborate and effect change in a big way".

One of the Council's key priorities is to reduce the amount of waste produced by residents and businesses in Cornwall and increase the levels of recycling.

The Council's current waste and recycling contract for Cornwall comes to an end in 2020, and the authority is looking at what Cornwall's waste and recycling collections should be when the new contract begins in April 2020.

Sue added: "We want to hear the views of residents on the proposed changes so we can understand how the proposed changes would affect local people and what we can do to help them recycle more.

"People can share their thoughts either via our online survey or by downloading and printing a paper copy of the survey and returning it to: Recycling and Waste Survey, Room 4S, County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY by 03 January 2018 ".

Cornwall Council's Cabinet will meet in February to make the final decision on the new waste and recycling contract.

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