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Guidance on use of plastics

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Laura-Lynn Hardy

Dear City of Edinburgh 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

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Laura-Lynn Hardy

Our ref: 23518

Dear Ms Hardy

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Guidance on use of plastics

Thank you for your request for information received on 10/05/2019. I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 10/06/2019 to respond to your request.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will let you know.

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Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Rights Officer 1, City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Laura-Lynn Hardy

[1][FOI #575802 email]

Our ref: 23518

 

Dear Ms Hardy

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 - Information not
held

Subject: Guidance on use of plastics

Thank you for your request for information of 10/05/2019 which has been
processed in line with the terms of the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004. You asked the following:

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.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the information requested
as it is not held by the Council. The Council is therefore relying on the
exception under regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Please note that this constitutes a formal notice under regulation 13 of
the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

o The Council actively supports recycling and reducing waste wherever
possible. Council buildings include recycling facilities for staff to
use in their everyday tasks.
o On 14 May, the Corporate Policy & Strategy Committee agreed an
ambitious target for Edinburgh to become carbon neutral by 2030 in a
[2]three-phased plan for delivering an ambitious and innovative
citywide approach to sustainability.
o A councillor working group on single use plastics is currently
reviewing this issue and we expect guidelines to emerge from this
activity.
o We are currently updating our sustainable procurement policy to
reflect key Council and Government aims around sustainability and
sustainability procurement practice. Once updated, this will be taken
to a Council committee for approval and be included in our [3]policy
register.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
[4]http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

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The City of Edinburgh Council,

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Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or;

Email: [5][email address]  

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The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St
Andrews                                                                            

Fife

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Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

Website [6]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

E-mail: [7][email address]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mark Hepworth

Information Rights Officer

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

[8][Edinburgh City Council request email]   [9]www.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

 

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