Decision details

Council Usage of Single Use Plastic - Methods of Procurement Support

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee gave consideration to a report providing recommendations on the methods of procurement support that could be put in place to support service-led decisions on reducing the use of Single Use Plastic (SUP) products and ensure services consider the recyclability of products were appropriate across the Council.




The Policy and Resources Committee –


1.    Noted that the various Services that currently purchase SUP products consider whether these products are essential or if there is a potential alternative that would meet the Service requirements, prior to orders being placed via PECOS or contacting the Procurement, Commercial and Contract Management Team (PCCMT) for a procurement process to be carried out.


2.    Noted that the Sustainable Procurement Policy would be updated to reflect the Climate Change Board desire to limit SUP where possible – proposed wording had been included in the current draft version for 2022/23, and would be updated as follows in the final version:  “To provide procurement support to any strategic decisions taken by the Council in relation to the usage of Single Use Plastic products and their recyclability”.


3.    Noted that the Commodity Sourcing Strategy templates used for Regulated Procurements would be updated to include a question regarding SUP.


(Reference:  Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Commercial Services dated 6 November 2021, submitted)


Publication date: 15/12/2021

Date of decision: 09/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/12/2021 - Policy and Resources Committee

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