Cutting down on pollution

On Saturday the UK government announced that a range of polluting single-use plastics will be banned from October 2023, cutting plastic waste and protecting our environment.

  • England uses 2.7 billion items of single-use cutlery and 721 million single-use plates every year but only 10 per cent of these items are recycled, damaging our environment. 
  • That is why the UK government is introducing a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers following a consultation which saw 95 per cent of respondents back the reforms.
  • This applies to England but similar measures have been introduced by the devolved administrations. 
  • Having already banned microbeads and restricted the use of straws and carrier bags the impact on the environment of single-use plastics is being reduced across the UK to protect our planet.


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