We’ll lead the way in cutting plastic use, says city council

War on waste: People can refill their water bottles at city council venues

City councillors are planning to lead by example in the war on waste by using less plastic.

They propose to ditch single-use plastic such as bags, straws, coffee stirrers, coffee cups, water and soft drinks bottles and food packaging in all council buildings such as Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre and Beaney library.

And they are considering a ban on liquid sold in plastic bottles at events held on council property – including festivals like the annual Pride in the Dane John Gardens.

The move comes amid growing concern about the amount of plastic ending up in oceans, rivers and on the streets and open spaces as litter.

Last month councillors Terry Westgate and Brian Baker tabled a motion to the full council urging it to reduce plastic.

Cllr Terry Westgate

The issue now will go before the council’s community committee next week, chaired by Cllr Neil Baker.

A report by Suzi Wakeham, the director of community services, states: “The council-run venues can make significant reductions in the use of single-use plastic.

“There is a clear willingness to embrace this among the venue staff engaged so far, and it is a positive first step in the council helping to reduce single-use plastic in the district.”

The report explains that the Beaney, which houses Canterbury’s public library and central museum, uses a product called Vegware for its highest-volume disposables. Vegware is low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials and compostable.

Meanwhile, the Marlowe and Herne Bay’s Kings Hall plan to switch to reusable cups.

Councillors and officers attending meetings at the Guildhall or working in the Military Road office are also being asked to bring their own drinks containers.

The community committee will be asked to decide whether it will endorse the move to reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles.

It meets at the Guildhall at 7pm on Wednesday, March 21.


  1. What about trying to address the use of plastic by firms such as Macdonalds. There are plastic straws, sauce cartons and plastic cutlery all over Canterbury


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