Plastic-free Norfolk

Norwich and Norfolk councils are leading the way with sustainable public procurement

Simeon Jackson

Green Party councillors at both Norwich City & Norfolk County Council have been successful in highlighting the problem of single-use plastics on their respective councils. The councils approved motions put by the Greens to take the lead by ending the sale and use of disposable products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in all council buildings by the end of 2017, and using reusable or fully recyclable alternatives.

This is significant because plastic items that are used only once, like throw-away plastic cups and cutlery, do not degrade and so will end up clogging up landfill and the oceans for centuries to come. Norfolk's Green councillors are now encouraging other institutions, businesses and citizens to adopt similar measures.