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Aberdeen city council to investigate plastic straws ban

MSP Kate Forbes is leading a campaign against plastic straws
MSP Kate Forbes is leading a campaign against plastic straws

City council chiefs could ban the use of plastic straws in their buildings.

The national campaign to help reduce waste across Scotland has been gathering pace in recent months.

And if the decision is approved next Monday, the city council will undertake an audit of all its arms-length bodies, remove plastic straws from schools and investigate whether the authority can commit to the policy.

A report to next week’s full council meeting reads: “On the January 12, Kate Forbes MSP wrote to our chief executive, to bring ‘The Final Straw’ campaign to her attention, to advise that an online petition had been launched calling on businesses and organisations to ban plastic straws and to ask if Aberdeen City Council would commit to being plastic straw free.

“Aberdeen City Council’s School Catering Service currently provide a plastic drinking straw with fruit juice cuplets which are provided as part of a Primary School meal.

“It is almost certain that drinking straws are offered with products at points of sale elsewhere across the organisation and at outlets which are run by our Arm’s Length External Organisations, e.g. Sport Aberdeen.

“The extent of use of plastic drinking straws is at this stage unknown, but an audit across services can be undertaken to determine current usage and the findings of this audit used to inform the steps the organisation needs to take as it moves toward becoming plastic straw free.”

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