A COUNTY councillor has given her colleagues the sack.
During last week’s council meeting Tory member Eveleigh Moore Dutton surprised her fellow members by distributing 40 bio-degradable compostable plastic bags among them.
She urged councillors to collect their kitchen waste in them before adding them to the household compost.
Cllr Moore Dutton’s novel green message received the light-hearted but full support of the council.
She was contributing to a debate sparked by Labour councillors George Mainwaring and David Newton who had called for a cross-county end to the use of free plastic bags supplied by retail traders, especially the large supermarket chains.
Cllr Moore Dutton had called in at her local supermarket en route to County Hall with the intention of promoting the bags as a bio-degradable and viable alternative to the common plastic carrier bag.
The beauty was, she said, that the bags could be used as a “clean and tidy method” to store kitchen waste and then the whole – bag and all – could be simply added to the compost. While such bags were readily available in a number of the major supermarkets, Cllr Moore Dutton called for council members to show a lead and to use the bags, so creating new market forces leading to increased sales and a wider availability of such bags.
County councillors Mainwaring and Newton had urged the council to support initiatives aimed at local authorities and the retail trade to persuade shoppers not to use the disposable “single journey” plastic bag.
They called for the expansion of the county council’s own bags for life initiative, which has seen 26,000 shopping bags sold to Cheshire shoppers over the last two years, and for supermarkets and retail shopkeepers to introduce charges for plastic bags, a move which the councillors believe would help protect the environment and have a impact on climate change.
It is estimated Britons consume eight billion plastic bags a year, the equivalent of 133 per person per year.
Now Cheshire council officers will investigate and report to the council.
The Pioneer says, page 8.