Council News: Help our community reduce its use of single-use plastics

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Peterborough, ON – Councillor Gary Baldwin, the Chair of Council’s Waste Management Portfolio, is calling on residents and business people to join a working group that will look at how to reduce the use of single-use plastics in our community.

“We would really like to see young people and stakeholders, such as operators of restaurants and grocery stores, joining others who are interested in this serious environmental issue,” Baldwin said. “Beyond the environmental concerns related to single-use plastics, we’re seeing increasing pressures on our recycling programs. I’m hoping we can come up with ways for our community to be a leader in reducing the use of single-use plastics.”

Residents who are interested in participating on the working group can apply online at peterborough.ca/reduceplastics or by picking up an application form at City Hall. Applications can be submitted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019.

The working group, made up of six to eight members, will meet monthly, typically from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, starting in September.

The working group will be involved in developing options for encouraging the reduction of single-use plastics use in the community.

City Council, at its meeting on February 25, 2019, approved the following motion:

“That staff report on existing waste diversion practices and the potential for an awareness-building programme focused on encouraging the reduction of single-use plastics such as plastic straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam.”

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Councillor Gary Baldwin

City of Peterborough

500 George Street North

Peterborough, ON  K9H 3R9

705-760-1428