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News from Leonie Cooper: Merton businesses to crack down on plastic waste

05 October 2018

Local Assembly Member and Merton businesses join forces to crack down on plastic waste


Businesses in Merton are pulling together to eradicate excessive plastic waste in the local community. On Wednesday, local Assembly Member, Leonie Cooper AM, spoke at a Merton Chamber of Commerce event to share some of the measures that can be taken to crack down on single-use plastics. Ms Cooper said there was a “real appetite in the Merton business community to clean up our local area.”


To an audience of local business owners, Ms Cooper highlighted the devastating impact that plastic waste generated in Merton can have on the local environment, the River Thames, London’s waterways, and more widely on the world’s oceans.


There is a range of environmentally friendly options that can be used by businesses in the food and hospitality industries. These include the provision of re-usable plastic glasses in bars, discounts for customers with refillable cups, clearly marked bins to separate different materials for easy recycling, and bamboo, paper and cardboard alternatives to plastic cutlery and containers.


Ms Cooper is supporting Merton businesses looking to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics, and educate local pupils on the importance of recycling, through a series of school assemblies.


At the event, Sustainable Merton’s Business Community Champions were also on hand to provide advice to local businesses on how to adopt best practice when tackling plastic waste and how to change their supply chains accordingly.


Local London Assembly Member, Leonie Cooper AM, said:


“It was great to engage with so many local businesses who have taken the pledge to try and ditch single-use plastics. The meeting highlighted the real appetite in the Merton community to clean up our local area and minimise our impact on the wider environment.


“However, we must acknowledge that for businesses, who are already under financial pressures with rising rents and business rates, reducing plastic waste and finding cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative options can be a complicated process.


“This is why it is essential that we build a strong network locally to ensure advice and support is available to business owners who are looking to change their supply chain and make a positive difference and it's great to work with the proactive Merton Chamber of Commerce on this initiative.”