Chesterfield Borough Council is working with community groups to develop a plan and a timeline for becoming carbon neutral.
In July 2019, the council declared a climate emergency and through working with local community groups wants to make a positive impact across the borough. One of the groups we are engaging with is Plastic Free Chesterfield. Together we are seeking to reduce and over time eliminate the use of single use plastic.
So far we have made a number of changes to reduce our own usage and encourage our customers to do the same including switching to cups made from 100% recyclable materials rather than plastic and removing the use of plastic spoons and straws from many of our facilities including the Town Hall, Winding Wheel, Pomegranate, MarketHall Café and Queens’ Park Sports Centre Café. We also sell ‘ECoffee’ cups made from bamboo fibre which can last a lifetime but are also biodegradable.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “We have been working hard to reduce our own use of single use plastic and working with groups like Plastic Free Chesterfield to encourage others to do the same. Many of our local traders have responded positively to reducing their single use plastic usage in their shops or market stalls.
“We are confident that over time we can further decrease our plastic use and influence others including residents, visitors and businesses to do the same. This in combination with our reduce, re-use and recycle message, means that together we can make a real difference”.
Darren Yates from Plastic Free Chesterfield said: “We welcome the support of Chesterfield Borough Council and applaud the efforts they have so far made in reducing their use of single use plastics. We look forward to working with them in the future to draw up and pass a motion at full council to help in the aim of having Chesterfield recognised as a Plastic Free town.
“Anyone wishing to learn more about our group or the local businesses already signed up as Plastic Free can visit our website at plasticfreechesterfield.weebly.com or visit our market stall on 17 November 2019 at the Christmas Lights switch on.”