TWO Llanelli councillors have put aside party politics to press the Town Council to ditch single-use plastics, which includes products like plastic bottles, coffee cups and lids, plastic cutlery, straws and plastic stirrers.
Cllr Siôn Davies, a Conservative, and Cllr Sara Griffiths, an Independent, have submitted a joint motion to Llanelli Town Council to do away with single-use plastic products, encourage plastic free initiatives and ensure recycling routes are available to capture plastic waste.
Cllr Sara Griffiths, who represents the Lliedi ward, said: “Single-use plastics are only used once before they’re thrown away. “They’re not biodegradable and if they end up in a landfill, they can release toxic chemicals which can make their way into our food and water supply.
“It’s obvious we need to use less plastic and move towards more sustainable alternatives.
“It would be fantastic if Llanelli Town Council could lead the way and remove single-use plastics from our premises and encourage plastic free initiatives.”
The motion, which has been put forward to the July meeting of Llanelli Town Council, will need to be passed by a majority of the council’s 22 members. If passed, Llanelli Town Council will also boycott plastic ‘food-on-the-go’ packaging, plastic bags, plastic drinking cups and condiment sachets.
Cllr Siôn Davies, who represents the Elli ward, said: “Llanelli Town Council has a golden opportunity to lead by example. “We have the chance to inspire others – local businesses and community organisations – to take similar action.
“Cutting out single-use plastics could go a long way to encourage local groups and organisations to ditch single-use plastics themselves.
“What we want, and what I think most of the general public want, is for us to work together cross-party to take action and solve the problems facing Llanelli.”