Ban and restrictions on some single-use plastic items from 1 October

Did you know that every year people in the UK use approximately 2.7 billion single-use cutlery items and 721 million single-use plates, yet just 10% of these get recycled?

The newest single-use plastic ban comes into force on 1 October. It will reduce plastic waste and protect the environment. 

The ban includes:

  • single use plastic cutlery
  • single use balloon sticks
  • extruded and expanded polystyrene cups and food containers
  • a restriction to the supply of single-use plastic trays and bowls to members of the public (although businesses can continue to supply these items if they are used as packaging in shelf-ready pre-packaged food items)

The new ban on certain single use items compliments the existing restrictions on other single-use plastic items including plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers and the carrier bag charge

Useful infographic: SUP Ban Flowchart V1.0

Author: Lisa Thompson
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