Degradable PCN bags for the win
In order to protect the environment, support sustainability and reduce single-use plastics, the council has begun using biodegradable bags when issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) – saving approximately enough plastic over 2 years to cover The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pitch.
The council was one of the very first Local Authorities in London to implement the eco-friendly PCN-holders in August of last year, after trialling 5,000 envelopes.
Impressed with the quality, ability to perform in the rain and the positive outlook for the environment, an additional 100,000 more were ordered, in line with the average demand in the council.
The new bags are made from degradable substrates, the front face of which is made from glassine paper, it’s derived from 100% sustainably managed forests and is 100% degradable and recyclable.
The reverse of the bag and the release paper are made of kraft paper which are bleach and chlorine free and is also a 100% biodegradable natural product.
The only part of this product not biodegradable is the reverse adhesive, which is a waterproof hot melt solvent, however this is also widely recycled.
The council purchases approximately 150,000 of bags for the use in parking tickets annually. Moving to paper-based degradable bags means that they will break down in a managed landfill site in three to six months as opposed to hundreds of years for the traditional type.
This means, through switching to degradable PCN holders, the council will prevent the use of enough single-use plastics to cover a space approximately the size of The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, over the course of two years.
The Warning Notice bags the councils uses for abandoned vehicles are also set to become recyclable in due course.
Cllr Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
“Haringey Council is determined to reduce our carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly in everything we do. We recognised parking fine envelopes were something we used in mass quantities but were bad for the environment.
“We’re proud we have been part of this innovative national trial and that we’re now using them in the borough. We hope all local authorities follow our pioneering decision to help make a real impact to reducing plastic use in the UK.”
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