Portsmouth City Council is starting a trial, over the summer, of biodegradable Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) bags to replace existing single use plastic.

The PCN bags will change to yellow in colour, making them more obvious to drivers on the windscreen. When the driver throws the bag in the rubbish, it will biodegrade in the landfill in approximately six months.

Councillor Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change: “I’m thrilled that the council is trialling these plastic-free PCN bags.  These new bags will help us to reduce our environmental impact and help tackle plastic pollution. It's another step towards being a single-use plastic free local authority.”

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Cabinet member for Traffic & Transportation, said: “Much as it's important to keep parking as safe as possible and sometimes that involves issuing penalty notices, I'm really glad to see that we as a council are getting rid of an unnecessary plastic cover to the penalty notices. This is one more way that we can keep cutting our use of plastic.”

Mike Simpson Sales Director, Parking and secure documents said "Over 12 million PCNs are issued every year in the UK, the majority of which utilise single use plastic envelopes. We are delighted to have been able to design, develop and launch a more environmentally friendly product to replace the long standing, damaging plastic bag.

It has been a pleasure working with Portsmouth City Council on this project to help  achieve their environmental objectives and we anticipate many more  forward thinking local authorities will follow “.