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UK plans to ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery and cups
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:06.Sep.2021

The UK government plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene cups in England. A public consultation on the policy will start in the autumn and the ban could be in place in a couple of years.

According to the government figures, each person uses 18 throwaway plastic plates and 37 single-use knives, forks and spoons each year while the durability of plastic litter means it kills more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles every year globally.

The government will else impose a plastic packaging tax from April 2022, charging £200 per tonne for plastic that has less than 30% recycled content, so as to encourage greater use of recycled material.


Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, cups to be banned in England.

Ministers are also hoping to introduce measures under its Environment Bill to tackle plastic pollution, for example, a deposit return scheme on plastic bottles to encourage recycling. However, the Bill is going through Parliament and is not yet law. The deposit return scheme for plastic bottles will not be in place in England until late 2024 at the earliest.

Besides, the government is taking action to tackle plastic waste issues through the UK Plastics Pact, which is investigating possible action by 2025 on items including crisp packets, PVC clingfilm, fruit and vegetable stickers and punnets and plastic coffee pods.


On the other hand, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, and the European union brought in a similar ban in July.


France launched its plan to eliminate all single-use plastics by 2040. Phase one began on January 1, 2020, with the government already banning the use of 3 common single-use plastic products: plates, cups, and cotton buds.


In 2021, items including disposable cutlery, plastic takeout lids, confetti, drink stirrers, foam containers, plastic straws, and produce packaging are all be forbidden. Vendors will legally have to allow customers to use their own containers, and there will even be penalties for excessive plastic packaging.


By 2022, the French public will no longer have the option to buy plastic tea bags, fast food toys, or disposable dishes in restaurants. Companies will be prohibited from distributing free plastic water bottles and water fountains will become obligatory in public establishments.



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