Consultation: Reducing single use plastic in Wales
Reducing single use plastic in Wales
The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, has launched a consultation on the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban a range of single use plastic items.
Statement from Hannah Blythyn
Launching the consultation, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:
"Plastic pollution and the impact it has on our environment is regularly highlighted in the media, online and in conversations I have every day with people across Wales. It blights our communities and has a devastating impact on our wildlife.
As plastic free July comes to an end and Wales emerges from lockdown, I want to hear from communities all over Wales on how we can work together to tackle litter and reduce our reliance on single plastics. The consultation I am launching today is an important step towards this ambition and the proposals it sets out will play an important part in our green recovery.
Communities have led the way when it comes to reducing plastic waste. I hope the people of Wales will now take the opportunity to respond to this consultation and help us move forward on our journey towards a litter free Wales".
The consultation proposes that Welsh Government introduce secondary legislation to ban businesses from providing
certain single use plastic items to end users (consumers) in Wales, irrespective of
whether those businesses intend to charge for those items or not. Nine items have been identified to be banned:
- Plastic stemmed cotton buds
- Cutlery (including knives, forks, spoons, sporks and chopsticks)
- Plates (including trays, platters, bowls and laminated paper plates)
- Beverage stirrers
- Sticks for balloons
- Food containers made of expanded polystyrene
- Cups for beverages made of expanded polystyrene
- Oxo-degradable products (plastic products which break down by
oxidation into micro-fragments) Examples include carrier bags, agricultural
mulch films and, most recently, certain plastic bottles.
All can get involved with the consulations using the following link:
Consultations end on 22nd October 2020