''Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recognises that discarded plastics, including non-recyclable food containers, cups and straws are a major environmental pollutant and of detrimental impact to our local environment. As an organisation employing 1040 staff, with a district population of 177,000 we must play a civic role and lead by example in the battle against plastic.
By December 2019 Newry Mourne and Down District Council will have adopted its Single Use Plastics Policy and Strategy/Action Plan which will phase out all Single Use Plastics across the Council. We have already bought extra crockery and metal utensils and banned use of plastic plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons in catering. All staff have received a reusable drinking bottle and mains water fountains are being installed in council buildings and at outside locations for staff and public to refill. A cross departmental officer working group on single use plastics has been set up and sustainability, procurement, waste and events teams are working to ban single use plastics across all our operations.''