Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is set to reduce its use of single use plastics across the Council thanks to work by Alliance Councillors.
Following a report into the issue brought forward by Councillor Billy Webb, the Council will report on costings for the action, before coming back to Councillors. Councillor Neil Kelly, who proposed the accepting of the report's recommendations and for them to be taken forward, said he was confident the Council will soon roll out the practice.
"The Council currently carries out its responsibilities in line with the appropriate waste management legislation. However, there is always more we can do to help protect the environment," said Councillor Kelly.
"The Council has a chance to lead by example on this issue. I am pleased the recommendations of the report have been accepted and I look forward to the Council taking forward the matter."
"Single use plastics can include bottles, cutlery and straws, which are often thrown away and has a subsequent negative impact on the environment," added Councillor Webb.
"This follows similar motions by my Alliance colleagues in other Councils across Northern Ireland. Managing our use of plastics is a simple move but one which can have a massive impact. Antrim and Newtownabbey can show how responsible we are, while positively improving the world we live in."