BBC Pledges to Ban Single-Use Plastic by 2020

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC is putting its money where the mouth of a leatherback turtle is, and has announced a plan to remove all single-use plastics from its operations by 2020.

This means plastic cups and cutlery are out, with glass and stainless steel options to be introduced. That simple change is to be made by the end of this year, with the BBC saying this will stop two million plastic ups being used, going in the recycling bins, blowing into rivers, floating down into the sea and potentially attaching to the snout of a harbour porpoise, the sea creature dying and unaware that Victoria Derbyshire may have drunk from it and it could therefore be of value on eBay.

2019's phase two of the purge will see plastic containers used in the catering side of the business removed, with any new catering contracts put into place from now on specifying zero single-use plastics in their chains. Director-General Tony Hall said: "We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether." [BBC]