Posted: Mon 30th Oct 2023

Single-use plastic ban comes into force in Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 30th, 2023

A number of single-use plastics are now banned from sale in Wales due to new legislation.

In December 2022, the Senedd passed a law banning the sale of unnecessary, disposable products.

This law takes effect from today, Monday, October 30.

Its aim is to reduce plastic pollution in our environment by stopping the sale of certain single-use plastic items.

Over 87% of people in Wales support this ban.

From today, these items can’t be sold in Wales:

  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Single-use plastic cutlery
  • Single-use plastic drink stirrers
  • Cups of expanded or foamed extruded polystyrene
  • Takeaway food containers of expanded or foamed extruded polystyrene
  • Single-use plastic balloon sticks
  • Single-use plastic-stemmed cotton buds
  • Single-use plastic drinking straws (exceptions apply for those who require them to eat and drink safely)

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, commented:

“We are taking the first step to reduce unnecessary single-use plastics in Wales.

Our next plan includes banning plastic single-use bags, polystyrene lids, and products made of oxo-degradable plastic by the end of the Senedd term.

Many Welsh businesses have already switched to reusable products or used cardboard or paper where reusables don’t fit.

We’re also considering the impact of plastic wet wipes, which can block drains and add microplastics to the environment.

By adopting a ‘Team Wales’ mindset and reusing, recycling, and repairing more, we can ensure a greener future.”

Derek Walker, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, stated:

“This ban supports long-term thinking for the betterment of our climate, health, and communities.

We must tackle the root causes of our challenges. The Well-being of Future Generations Act promotes such action.”

Plaid Cymru climate change spokesperson, Delyth Jewell MS, welcomed the plastic restrictions:

“These restrictions are crucial for a cleaner future. But, we need to act faster to reduce our plastic dependency.

Wales has the opportunity to lead in recycling. With proper support, our businesses can pioneer plastic alternatives.

We must also ensure that the transition is fair, making sustainable choices accessible for everyone.”

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