The Luxfords Restaurant is setting the pace in Uckfield when it comes to eliminating single-use plastic
A programme to phase out the use of plastic is being implemented, which town councillor Paul Sparks said, has put Luxfords “way out ahead” of similar eateries.
Fellow councillor, Paul Meakin, said the council’s use of solar and biomass power, water-saving features and now the drive against plastic made the authority a “beacon” for environmental concerns.
He said they were showing leadership and setting an example to other people.
Cllr Sparks initiated moves to phase out single-use plastic at the town council, which runs Luxfords Restaurant, in April this year.
An update on progress was given to Monday night’s (September 10) full meeting of Uckfield Town Council.
Paper straws have been bought ready for a complete switch-over once the stock of plastic straws has been used up.
A similar process is under way with plastic cups, used for events/bar functions.
A biodegradable cup has been sourced as a replacement.
Work is continuing on how best to replace single-use sachet sauces.
Councillors were updated on how the policy impacted on costs.
Single-use plastic 10oz ‘glasses’ are 3p each while corn biodegradable 12oz ‘glasses’ are 7p each.
However, takeaway tea/coffee cups are 7p for biodegradable and compostable cups while the plastic cups work out at 12p per cup.
Paper straw are £4.50 for 200 while plastic ones are £2.50 for a similar number.
There was a general consensus among councillors that costs of non-plastic items would fall as more suppliers came into the market.
The audit of single-use plastic will be spread to the council offices, caretaking and grounds staff areas.