Wednesday, September 21, 2005

E-Petition to Bristol City Council

Reduce, Reuse and then Recycle
Even with Bristol's new twin bin recycling scheme, a massive 73% of our household waste is destined for Landfill, and much of this waste is excess plastic and packaging. So it makes sense to cut down on the amount of plastic packaging generated in the first place.

By themselves shops will be unwilling to cut down on packaging because consumers have come to expect it. The Council is in a unique position to provide information and encourage consumers and local shops. We want the council to work with local businesses on schemes to cut down on excess packaging and also substitute plastic other material such as cardboard. This will benefit council tax payers by reducing Bristol's landfill tax bill and improve the environment.

Our petition recognises the significant environmental benefits of increasing recycling, but request that Bristol City Council also develops and implements effective measures to reduce and reuse waste. We are therefore requesting that the City Council works with local shops and businesses on practicable schemes:

1 To reduce packaging when selling goods and services and eliminate unnecessary packaging.

2 To promote and supply goods in re-useable, compostable and recyclable packaging.

3 To develop and promote schemes to repair and reuse goods within Bristol.

We acknolwedge the important role supermarkets can play in reducing waste packaging, and therefore we also call upon all supermarkets to work with Bristol City Council in achieving the above objectives.

The closing date for the petition is 2nd September 2005.

Our target of 1000 signatures will send a powerful message to the council.