18 December 2017
My examples perhaps need a little explaining – the ‘Freiburg cup’ (in Freiburg) available from over 100 outlets for a 1 euro deposit can be returned to any other outlet for sterilised cleaning and reuse. Some 15% get lost to the system, often as souvenirs, but then that’s great marketing for a sustainable city. Just imagine a similar approach with a YorCup, perhaps with the civic crest on it! Each time such a cup is used results in fewer disposable cups taking up space in litter bins, saving on litter and cleaning costs.
A small company in York called iamreusable is marketing ‘green’ reusable cups (other colours could be available!) plus metal straws, vegetable based veggieware containers and sporks (that will biodegrade) as alternatives to single use plastic. They are also introducing refillable water bottles – a cheaper alternative to buying bottled water. The council could pilot using these materials in our own café and encourage schools, old people’s homes, market stalls etc to follow suit. There may be other providers, but we could be taking a lead as part of One Planet York, then working with other partners to roll out our waste minimisation strategy across York.
The intention of this amendment is not to be prescriptive, but to point to potential low-cost options to reduce waste and litter and at the same time promote a sustainable image for York. Wouldn’t it be great if there we needed fewer litter bins because we have cut disposable packaging so much that they are rarely needed!
Cllr Andy D’Agorne and Cllr Denise Craghill