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Single Use Plastics

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Within Scotland and beyond there is now widespread understanding and acceptance that single use plastics have a detrimental impact on our environment. That’s why Fife Council is in the process of cutting single use plastics from its buildings and activities.

Cut it Out Campaign

The council’s ‘Cut it Out’ campaign, which started in February 2019, is minimising the use of plastics that are used once, even if the item is recycled afterwards. Fife Council has successfully cut single use plastic cups, teaspoons and straws from its main buildings, and plastic teaspoons from schools.

Before the start of the campaign, there were 152,000 plastic cups and 18,000 plastic straws used by the council every year. Fife Council is cutting these further and removing the 1,460,000 items of plastic cutlery used each year, as well as a range of other single use plastics.

Our plans

Fife Council initially agreed to phase out the removal of single use plastics at the Environment, Protective Services & Community Safety Committee in August 2018. The committee approved further changes to reduce single use plastics in 2019 by cutting single use plastic cutlery, cups, straws and cable ties from use by Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust and Fife Sports & Leisure Trust.

Some single use plastics will still be used where there is an exceptional need - such as a legal, medical or health & safety requirement.

Single use plastics register

The register below shows the main single use plastic items used by Fife Council. This will help inform Fife Council which plastic items to cut. We have already begun to tackle single use plastic cutlery, cups and straws. The register will be updated when additional information is available to show Fife Council’s progress towards cutting single use plastics.

Material

Items used 20181

Service (main users)

Status

Date

Note

Main solutions

Cable ties

2,069,000

More than one service

Partially removed

October 2019

Single use plastic cable ties no longer bought for putting up notices or signage

Replaced with reusable cable ties and string for notices and signage.

Document labels

1,558,000

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Cutlery

1,466,000

Facilities Management

Fully removed

October 2019

 

Plastic teaspoons and stirrers are replaced with reusable metal and wooden stirrers

ONFife have compostable cutlery in one venue, with further improvements to follow

Plastic bags

700,000

Parks, Streets & Open Spaces and Waste Operations

To be investigated

TBC

  

Wet wipes

557,320

Facilities Management

To be investigated

TBC

  

Punched pockets

219,000

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Plastic cups

152,000

Facilities Management

Fully removed

October 2019

 

Reusable cups available at cafes. Paper cups available at water coolers.

ONFife are using a compostable cup for takeaway drinks with further improvements to follow.

Food containers – sandwich boxes

76,000

Facilities Management

Fully removed

October 2019

 

Replaced with compostable containers with further improvements to follow.

Food containers – Salad box

66,200

Facilities Management

Fully removed

October 2019

 

Replaced with compostable containers with further improvements to follow.

Laminating pouches

55,550

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Food containers – souffle pots

50,000

Facilities Management

Fully removed

October 2019

 

Replaced with compostable containers with further improvements to follow.

Straws

18,000

Facilities Management

Partially removed

October 2019

Removal of all single use

plastic straws except on milk cartons..

Most straws cut from use, some reusable and compostable straws.

Straws on milk cartons - contract with supplier ends February 2021. Investigating alternatives.

Swabs

17,400

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Sticky tapes

10,200

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Overalls

4,000

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

  

Shoe covers

1,200

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC