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Scotland Takes Action on Single Use Plastics

Scotland is to take action to ban the use of single use plastics, some of the most damaging products polluting our environment.

The ban which would come into force on June 1st next year covers the following:

  • plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks)
  • plates
  • straws
  • beverage stirrers and balloon sticks
  • food containers made of expanded polystyrene
  • cups and other beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene, including their covers and lids. 

There will be an exemption for single-use plastic straws, to make sure that those who need them for independent living or medical purposes can still get access to them.  

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Announcing the proposals, Lorna Slater, Circular Economy Minister in the Scottish Government said:

“We are turning promise into action and banning some of the most problematic single-use plastic items in Scotland.

“Every year, hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic are wasted in this country. They litter our coasts, pollute our oceans and contribute to the climate emergency.

“That has to end and this ban will be another step forward in the fight against plastic waste and throwaway culture.

“This is another example of the sort of bold action that is needed if we are to deliver on the commitments that are being made at COP26.”

“Crucially, the legislation includes exemptions for single-use plastic straws, to make sure that those who need them for independent living or medical purposes can still get access to them. 

“However, the ban is at risk from the UK Internal Market Act, which effectively exempts any items that are produced in or imported via another part of the UK. 

“I will be writing to the UK government to ask that they take the necessary steps to ensure the integrity of this ban.”

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