Brighton council passes motion to ban single-use plastics

Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) has unanimously passed two motions put forward by Conservative and Green councillors calling for a ban on the use of single-use plastics in Brighton’s council buildings at a council meeting last week (3 November).

Conservative councillor Steve Bell put forward a motion last week to ‘ban the purchase of single-use plastics (SUPs) in all BHCC buildings and agencies’.

The motion also asks the council to ‘request and encourage all businesses with which we engage, via our procurement network, to support the banning of these consumables in their place of work.’

The council’s Green group put forward a similar motion calling on the council to become a signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’, a local campaign launched last month to drastically reduce plastic use by businesses in Brighton and across the UK, by phasing out unnecessary single-use plastics in all council buildings, and requested a report to look into incentives to encourage traders and businesses to phase-out plastic use, including ‘requiring food and drink vendors to avoid SUPs as a condition of their event permission’.

No vote was required from councillors following the debate of the two motions, as both were carried unanimously with no opposition.