The decision to stop supplying residents with non-biodegradable single-use plastic kitchen caddy liners will still go ahead following further discussion by Wokingham Borough Council.
At the council’s overview and scrutiny management committee meeting on 24 October, councillors agreed to confirm the Executive decision made in September to stop providing caddy liners to residents as alternatives are available.
The Executive decision was “called in” shortly afterwards by members for closer scrutiny, a procedure which the authority’s constitution allows to ensure its business is conducted democratically.
Protect services for our most vulnerable residents
The council first announced the change in July because it was concerned about the cost of continuing to supply the liners, as it has done for the past two years.
Cllr Ian Shenton, executive member for environment, sport and leisure said: “Stopping the supply of caddy liners would avoid adding a further £120,000 to our next year’s budget. This is especially important because, in the face of unprecedented financial pressures, we are striving to reduce our day-to-day running costs to protect services for our most vulnerable residents.”
Additionally, the caddy liners are made of non-biodegradable single-use plastic. Producing and throwing away these materials results in greenhouse gas emissions and often ends up polluting rivers and seas, and the council is committed to doing all it can to tackle the climate emergency.
Once residents run out of liners supplied by the council, they are encouraged to line their caddies using any soft plastic bags they have at home like carrier bags, bread bags, cereal bags or fruit and vegetable bags, or leave it unlined.
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