New policy planned as Fareham Council pledges to fight single-use plastic waste

West Street, Fareham. Picture: Melanie Leininger
West Street, Fareham. Picture: Melanie Leininger
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A COUNCIL has launched a campaign to reduce the amount of single-use plastic being thrown away in the borough.

Fareham Borough Council is not only phasing out its own use of single-use plastics, but the local authority is also looking to introduce a policy for leases and licences for catering concessions, commercial properties and community centres to reduce their use of plastics.

A member of the council’s Streetscene team will be working with schools, businesses and other groups, providing tips on how they can reduce their own use of throwaway plastic products.

The council’s executive member for Streetscene, Councillor Simon Martin, said: ‘We’re hearing more and more about the impact plastic is having on the environment, especially the oceans.

‘By having this policy in place, the council is making a formal commitment to change.

‘We will work with local business to encourage them to phase out single-use products and through our awareness campaign we hope to change habits among residents.’

The announcement comes as The News and The Final Straw Solent continues to battle single-use plastics.