Town council take steps to reduce Exmouth’s plastic waste

PUBLISHED: 08:30 08 December 2018

Tim Dumper, a Liberal Democrat candidate for Exmouth Town ward

Tim Dumper, a Liberal Democrat candidate for Exmouth Town ward

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Civic leaders have launched a bid to take ‘practical actions’ to help reduce Exmouth’s single-use plastics.

Exmouth Town councillors have set up a committee to look at ways the town can reduce its plastic waste and how measures can be put into practice.

At a full town council meeting, Councillor Tim Dumper put forward a motion to create a ‘working party’ to ‘consider practical actions to reduce plastic waste and implement them by working with other groups’.

Members voted to support the motion and agreed that councillors Tim Dumper, Khristine Norton, Rob Masding and deputy mayor Bruce De Saram should sit on the committee.

Cllr Dumper said a motion passed by the town council earlier this year to support local single-use plastic reduction schemes was ‘not good enough then and isn’t good enough now’.

He said: “Eight months ago this council passed a motion supporting the local reduction of single-use plastics items.

“Unfortunately the motion itself didn’t actually support any practical measures to achieve this, instead saying basically we should wait for others to act and saying we should act in conjunction with Devon County Council. It wasn’t good enough then, and it’s not good enough now.”

A number of businesses in Exmouth have already taken steps to reduce their plastic waste by offering biodegradable packaging.

Cllr Lynne Elson supported the motion, adding: “Possibly now we’re knocking on an open door as much as that we are already seeing businesses already making moves.

“There are certainly quite a few businesses in town where you can take your own items to be refilled rather than have to get plastic. Things have moved on quite a bit.”

Cllr Steve Gazzard supported the motion, saying: “I get the feeling that tonight we appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet. As a father and a grandfather I’m really concerned about their future and I think we owe it to them and we have got to do something.”

In a statement issued after the meeting, Cllr Rob Masding said he is pleased councillors agreed to work together. However he said he could see ‘no justifiable reason’ why it did not happen six months ago.

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