“The Town is taking important steps to address climate change and encourage more sustainable and environmentally conscious practices in Lincoln. … We all have a part to play in mitigating the effects of climate change” – Town of Lincoln Councillor Paul MacPherson, who introduced the motion for a Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy
News from the Town of Lincoln in Niagara, Ontario
Posted November 12th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Lincoln, Ontario – Town of Lincoln Council have given staff the green light to proceed with a pilot study in the Rittenhouse Library Branch and waste audits in the Fleming Centre and Town Hall that will help inform a corporate-wide, Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy.
This initiative supports the Town’s Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan which was approved by Council in March 2021.
“As a municipal government, we have a responsibility and are making a commitment to protecting Lincoln’s economy, ecosystems, and community from climate change,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton.
“Council recognizes the need to work cooperatively to take action on climate change, and this initiative is just one of the ways we’re moving towards a more sustainable future.”
“The Town is taking important steps to address climate change and encourage more sustainable and environmentally conscious practices in Lincoln,” said the Town’s Councillor for Ward 3 Paul MacPherson, who initially introduced the motion for a Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy. “We all have a part to play in mitigating the effects of climate change, and I am most pleased to see these actions starting corporately at the Town of Lincoln.”
“We take plastic pollution very seriously, understanding that there is a growing body of knowledge showing that plastic pollution may adversely impact the health of the environment and humans,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos.
“Especially as a shoreline community, it’s important that we take action on single-use plastics since they make up the bulk of plastics found on shorelines and therefore have a direct impact on our local environment.”
The pilot study and waste audit are anticipated to run from February to April 2022. A staff survey is currently underway to gather data on single-use plastics usage in municipal departments. The results of the survey, pilot study, and waste audit will inform the design of the Corporate Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy. It is expected that the strategy will take a phased approach to implementation.
The Town will also be developing a Community Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy in 2022 that reflects Lincoln’s unique and specific needs. Public consultation will be a key component of the project and will include consultation with Lincoln residents and stakeholders such as Niagara Region Public Health, Regional Waste Management and business owners.
Online engagement will be housed at the Town’s public engagement site, Speak Up Lincoln and will include information, encourage engagement and a public survey to gather data on community single-use plastics usage, such as:
* Frequency and type of single-use plastics used by residents and organizations;
* Current residential and organizational single-use plastic reduction strategies;
* Barriers to reducing usage; and
* Impact of COVID-19 on usage patterns.
It is anticipated that the survey will be released in mid-2022. The results of this survey will inform the design of the Community Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy.
On January 18, 2021 Council directed staff to investigate and work towards implementing a single-use plastic ban in all municipal facilities and provide an interim report by July 2021. On March 22, Council adopted the Corporate Climate Adaptation Plan, which includes Action 1.10 – Develop and implement a Single-Use Plastics Ban. Lastly, on June 14, 2021, Council directed staff to investigate and work toward implementing a single-use plastic ban in all Town facilities and provide an interim report in Fall 2021 outlining the steps and timelines.
Single-use plastics have been defined as designed to be thrown away after being used only once. These items include:
* Primary packaging (ex: food wrappers, retail product packaging, beverage bottles)
* Secondary or short-lived packaging (ex: shopping bags, fruit & vegetable bags, containers), and sanitary packaging for sterile items (ex: syringes)
* Convenience items: utensils, hot and cold drink cups and lids, straws, stir sticks, disposable wipes, quick-serve containers, and more.
For more information on the Town of Lincoln’s Climate Adaptation Plan (https://speakuplincoln.ca/climate-adaptation-plan) and efforts in addressing climate change, visit speakuplincoln.ca/climate-adaptation-plan .
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