2023 Action Scorecards

Action Scorecards 2023

Question: Has the council reduced single use plastic in its buildings and events?

Question code
Waste Reduction & Food
Single Use Plastic
Volunteer Research
Question weight


Criteria met if the council has successfully stopped using some single use plastic in the council office buildings and events. This excludes schools, leisure centres and other council buildings.

Points will be awarded if the council has done 2 or more of the following:
- installing water drinking fountains on the council estate/public spaces
- banning plastic cups for water
- reducing plastic packaging
- reducing the use of two or more of the following: plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks), plates, straws, beverage stirrers, balloon sticks or food and cup containers made of expanded polystyrene; including their covers and lids at their external events.


Single use plastic or disposable plastics are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. They are made from fossil fuels like petroleum and can be very hard to recycle.

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Cambridgeshire County Council1/1cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Devon County Council1/1devon.gov.uk
Essex County Council1/1loveessex.org
Hertfordshire County Council1/1hertfordshire.gov.uk
Norfolk County Council1/1norfolk.gov.uk
Oxfordshire County Council1/1news.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Suffolk County Council1/1suffolk.gov.uk
Surrey County Council1/1getsurrey.co.uk
Worcestershire County Council1/1worcesterobserver.co.uk
Derbyshire County Council0/1
East Sussex County Council0/1
Gloucestershire County Council0/1
Hampshire County Council0/1
Kent County Council0/1
Lancashire County Council0/1
Leicestershire County Council0/1
Lincolnshire County Council0/1
Nottinghamshire County Council0/1
Staffordshire County Council0/1
Warwickshire County Council0/1
West Sussex County Council0/1