OSLO May 13th, 2018 —  Oslo, Norway is the first city in the world that will eliminate unnecessary disposable plastics, promises city council member Raymond Johansen and environmental agency Lan Marie Berg.

The news comes one day after the the country’s environmentalist Green Party’s agreed that disposable plastics should be banned by 2020.

“The Oslo municipal government takes the lead role in reducing the use of unnecessary plastic. We will go through our own procurement to phase out unnecessary disposable plastics in the municipality’s businesses, and invite industry and organizations in Oslo to cooperate with plastic disposal, “says Raymond Johansen to NTB in a statement that has been translated to english.

Johansen elected Saturday

When Johansen attends the MDG’s national meeting later today, he will describe his party’s ambition that Oslo will be the first city in the world to phase out disposable plastics.

“Oslo is going to be Europe’s environmental capital next year, we want to show how a big city can go ahead in the fight against plastic sewage” adding city council for environment and transport Lan Marie Berg.

“I’m afraid the ambitions are too low. It is unclear what they mean by “unnecessary disposable plastic”. The goal must be that the City of Oslo ends use of ALL disposable plastic” says Lae Solberg, a member of the opposition party.

Solberg believes Oslo has come very far in replacing disposable plastics already this year, saying the existing government was in the process of bringing such a proposal for the city council.

Solberg explains municipalities are already replacing disposable plastics with biodegradable, environmentally friendly alternatives where they exist and that the municipality’s suppliers have been challenged to develop plastic-free alternatives through so-called innovative procurement. “Oslo as a municipality buys $ 26 billion a year and is the country’s second largest public purchaser, only exceeded by the state. We need to use that market power in the fight against disposable plastics”