U.K. might soon impose ban on single-use plastic plates and cutlery
Category: #technology  By Pranali Mehta  Date: 2021-11-22
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U.K. might soon impose ban on single-use plastic plates and cutlery
  • England is known to use around 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion single-use cutlery pieces per year.
  • Businesses and consumers will soon be required to shift to more sustainable alternatives.

Single-use plastic plates and cutlery, as well as polystyrene cups, are likely to be prohibited in England in the upcoming months, as the British government intends to eliminate all unnecessary plastic waste from the country.

According to reliable sources, England uses around 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion single-use cutlery pieces per year, out of which only 10% is recycled after disposal.

Businesses and consumers will soon be required to shift to more sustainable alternatives, as per the apparent proposal. The U.K. government has also issued a separate call for evidence to understand other sources of plastic pollution, essentially involving wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets, and other single-use cups.

The government could also impose a ban on the use of such products. In this context, Environment Minister George Eustice reportedly stated that with rising consumer awareness about plastics inflicting the ecosystem, particularly on the marine life, the government will restrict the use of plastics in packaging and other litter-related items.

The minister added that the government has already banned plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, and is now planning to include cutlery and balloon sticks as well, where alternatives such as wood can be utilized.

It is worth noting that since 2015, forced charges for single-use carrier bags have helped in reducing the plastic consumption level by over 95% across major supermarkets.

Furthermore, the U.K. Plastics Pact has set an ambitious target to address excessive plastic waste, with its members already managing to eliminate problematic plastic by over 40%, experts claimed. The country is now in need of a standardized regulation to ensure all businesses take the required steps to eliminate unnecessary plastic use.

However, independent administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are in charge of their own plastic waste policy.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/world/britain-single-use-plastic-cutlery-ban-england-7632608/

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