Borough’s businesses asked to ditch plastic straws

Release Date: 07 March 2018

Food and drink businesses are being asked to ditch plastic straws to help Richmond upon Thames become the first borough to go plastics free.

In a letter to all pubs, bars, takeaways and restaurants in the borough Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community asked business to join the Council’s ambitious moves to eliminate single-use plastics from the borough. 

Cllr Fleming said:

“Eliminating single-use plastics is a huge step in protecting the future of our borough and our beautiful environment. We believe there are more than 820 businesses around the borough using plastic straws.

“Experts believe there are currently enough plastic straws floating around the sea to wrap around the earth’s circumference 2.5 times a day. If our local food and drink businesses join us and pledge not to use plastic straws in their establishments we can help halt the harm being done to our seas and rivers.

“We need to work together to protect our wonderful environment. We all have a role to play and I’m hoping businesses will join us in playing their part.”    

Notes for editors

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Reference: P137/18

Updated: 16 March 2018