Plastic is 'bad news' for Cheltenham

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An environmental pressure group has added its weight to opposition against an attempted pub glass-ban in Cheltenham. The licensees of pubs and clubs...

An environmental pressure group has added its weight to opposition against an attempted pub glass-ban in Cheltenham.

The licensees of pubs and clubs are being asked to sign a code of practice, saying they should "ensure staff cease serving drinks in glass pint glasses after 23.00 hours, so that by midnight no glass pint-glasses will be in the public area". It adds: "These will be substituted with polycarbonate/plastic glasses."

The move was slated by JD Wetherspoon, which said its Moon Under the Water pub would not sign the code.

And local MP Martin Horwood, who signed the Early Day Motion opposing blanket glass-bans, called the move "heavy-handed".

A spokesman for Chelten-ham-based Forum for the Future also opposed the plan, devised by Cheltenham's Community Safety Partner-ship and Cheltenham Night-safe. "It's bad news from a sustainability point of view: using plastic increases waste.

"Our mantra is: reduce, re-use and recycle. Plastic should be re-used and recycled where possible, but glass would be best."

Visit http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/plasticglass/ to sign the MA's online petition against blanket glass-bans.

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