Single Use Plastic


As part of the 2023 council plan, we are committed to eliminating single use plastic from the council and increasing the number of drinking water fountains across the city over the next 3 years. Challenged with achieving this problem over the next 3 years, Energy Services has formed the Plastic Taskforce who aim to work with teams across the council identifying and removing single use plastics

Council plan

Departments at Nottingham City Council have taken a proactive approach to reducing their plastic usage and already carried out the first steps to reduce single use plastic.

  • Nottingham Arrow has removed the plastic wrap the publication was sent out in and replaced this with 100% recycled paper from FSC forests.
  • Leisure Centers have removed plastic overshoes and banned their use in centers across Nottingham.
  • ‘Don’t be a mug’ campaign encouraging colleagues to bring a reusable mug for hot drinks instead of using plastic cups.

Next steps: The Plastic Taskforce will be working on a council wide audit to help departments identify where the single use plastic is. With this information, departments can start to remove unnecessary single use plastics and find more environmental alternatives.

The long-term goal is to work with internal departments and external suppliers to ensure Nottingham City Council are part of a circular economy that can add value to citizens but not detract from the environment.