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Single-use plastic items to be banned in England

Single use plastics

Single-use plastic items including plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups are reportedly set to be banned across England, following similar actions by the Welsh and Scottish Governments.

Environment Secretary Therese Coffey is preparing to unveil plans over the next few weeks that will see these items being phased out from use across the nation and replaced by biodegradable alternatives, reports the Financial Times.

It follows a public consultation on a plan to ban the supply of single-use plastic items and polystyrene containers used to hold food and beverages, which was held by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and came to a close earlier this year.

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The national newspaper cited government insiders who reportedly said that Ms Coffey is now preparing to approve the ban, following delays in Westminster.

A Defra spokesperson said: “We are determined to go further and faster to reduce, reuse, and recycle more of our resources in order to transform our waste industry and deliver on our commitments in the ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan.

“Cutting our reliance on single-use plastics is crucial.

“Having already banned single-use straws, stirrers and cotton buds and ended the sale of billions of single-use bags with our plastic bag charge, we will be responding soon to a consultation on further bans of plastic plates, cutlery, balloon sticks and expanded and extruded polystyrene cups.”

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