This is according to a report before East Sussex County Council which is being urged to review the use of plastics in its supply chain.
The council is also being asked to review the plastic recycling facilities available on its estate, to identify and increase the opportunities to reduce, re-use, or recycle more plastic.
Cllrs Nick Bennett (Arlington, East Hoathly and Hellingly) and Colin Belsey (Eastbourne – Ratton) have drawn up a motion in support of the Government’s ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste – particularly single use plastic – over the next 25 years.
Cllr Bennett, lead cabinet member for transport and environment is to present a report to a full council meeting on Tuesday.
It says plastics are an important and versatile material in the global economy. Their use has increased 20-fold in the last 50 years and is expected to double again in the next 20 years.
“Many of the properties that make plastics a safe, secure hygienic and cheap material also make it a tough and long-lasting material, which has an impact on the environment and public health.
“A significant amount of energy is required int he manufacture and transport of plastic products.
“After every use, an estimated 12 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans every year, which imposes an economic and social burden by impacting on the productivity of fisheries, shipping and tourism, enters the food chain and imposes a clean-up cost.
“For example, recent surveys found that over 70% of UK tap water was contaminated with plastic fibres, and a third of fish caught off the south coast contained plastic.”
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