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Guidance on the use of plastics

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Laura-Lynn Hardy

Dear Fife Council,

Please provide a copy of the guidance issued to council staff in the use of plastics, including but not limited to the placing of laminated public notices attached to lampposts, the use of cable ties for that and other purposes, and the guidance on the removal of all such materials and avoidance of their loss and consequent environmental damage. When providing this information please confirm the date of issue and how the dissemination to staff who maybe performing such tasks is confirmed.

Further, please provide a copy of the checking process employed to monitor that all such plastic materials have been retrieved and accounted for once their use is finalised.

Yours faithfully,

Laura-Lynn Hardy

Fife Council

Dear Laura-Lynn Hardy,

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

I refer to your request for information dated 13/05/2019 our ref: 27064.

The information you have requested is subject to the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, therefore, requires us under Freedom of Information Act 2002 to apply exemption S39 (2)(a) Health, Safety and the Environment, as the information is obliged by regulations under S62 to make available to the public in accordance with the regulation.

We will continue to proceed with your request under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, which allows us 20 working days from the date after receipt of your original request.

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. The law provides for you to make this request up to 40 workings days from when you receive this correspondence. We add a further three working days to allow time for delivery of our response giving you up to 43 working days from the date of this correspondence to ask for a review. Where the outcome of the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of Legal & Democratic Services that falls outside this timescale.

Yours sincerely

Elaine Walters
Information specialist

Elaine Walters, Fife Council

Dear Laura-Lynn Hardy,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

I refer to your information request received 13/05/2019, our ref: 27064,
as follows:

 

“Please provide a copy of the guidance issued to council staff in the use
of plastics, including but not limited to the placing of laminated public
notices attached to lampposts, the use of cable ties for that and other
purposes, and the guidance on the removal of all such materials and
avoidance of their loss and consequent environmental damage. When
providing this information please confirm the date of issue and how the
dissemination to staff who maybe performing such tasks is confirmed.

Further, please provide a copy of the checking process employed to monitor
that all such plastic materials have been retrieved and accounted for once
their use is finalised.”

 

Fife Council does not hold the information you require in terms of Section
17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Fife Resource
Solutions or Fife Council have issued no guidance to council staff in the
use of plastics.

 

However, in February 2019, Fife Council implemented the changes below,
backed up by a communications campaign to staff delivered in
January-February 2019. Further cuts to single use plastics will be
presented to the Environment, Protective Services and Community Safety
Committee on 6 June.

o Ceased the purchase of plastic teaspoons for Fife Council offices and
schools, subject to a review of impacts at the end of academic year
o Ceased the purchase of plastic straws for Fife Council offices
o Ceased the provision of plastic cups and paper cups at buildings
managed by Facilities Management

 

Fife Council have also created an inventory of single use plastics used
across the council to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement
and a statement has been added into supplier contracts to reduce plastic
packaging into the council as of April 2019.

 

Fife Council Safer Communities Team display public notices such as dog
fouling and fly tipping signs.  However, they have also confirmed that no
guidance is issued to staff.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision.  Please write to: Head
of Legal & Democratic Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House,
North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. 
The law provides for you to make this request up to 60 workings days from
when we received your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive
this correspondence whichever is the later date.  Where the outcome of the
review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have
the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision.www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of
Legal & Democratic Services that falls outside these timescales.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Elaine Walters

Customer Experience Information Specialist

 

 

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Elaine Walters, Fife Council

Apologies, please ignore my previous email.  I should have responded under
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 as opposed to
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Revised response can be found
below:

 

Dear Laura-Lynn Hardy

 

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR
INFORMATION

 

I refer to your information request received 13/05/2019, our ref: 27064,
as follows:

 

“Please provide a copy of the guidance issued to council staff in the use
of plastics, including but not limited to the placing of laminated public
notices attached to lampposts, the use of cable ties for that and other
purposes, and the guidance on the removal of all such materials and
avoidance of their loss and consequent environmental damage. When
providing this information please confirm the date of issue and how the
dissemination to staff who maybe performing such tasks is confirmed.

Further, please provide a copy of the checking process employed to monitor
that all such plastic materials have been retrieved and accounted for once
their use is finalised.”

 

Fife Council does not hold the information you have requested. In
compliance with the regulations we are require to provide notice that the
information is not held under Regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

 

Fife Resource Solutions or Fife Council have issued no guidance to council
staff in the use of plastics.

 

However, in February 2019, Fife Council implemented the changes below,
backed up by a communications campaign to staff delivered in
January-February 2019. Further cuts to single use plastics will be
presented to the Environment, Protective Services and Community Safety
Committee on 6 June.

o Ceased the purchase of plastic teaspoons for Fife Council offices and
schools, subject to a review of impacts at the end of academic year
o Ceased the purchase of plastic straws for Fife Council offices
o Ceased the provision of plastic cups and paper cups at buildings
managed by Facilities Management

 

Fife Council have also created an inventory of single use plastics used
across the council to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement
and a statement has been added into supplier contracts to reduce plastic
packaging into the council as of April 2019.

 

Fife Council Safer Communities Team display public notices such as dog
fouling and fly tipping signs.  However, they have also confirmed that no
guidance is issued to staff.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision.  Please write to: Head
of Legal & Democratic Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House,
North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. 
The law provides for you to make this request up to 60 workings days from
when we received your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive
this correspondence whichever is the later date.  Where the outcome of the
review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have
the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision.www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Elaine Walters

Customer Experience Information Specialist

 

 

 

 

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