UK plans to ban single-use plastics
Britain will ban a range of single-use plastics such as cutlery, plates and bowls from October. to try to limit rising plastic pollution Britain’s Environment Department said on Saturday.
The decision was made after a public consultation by the government, in which 95 percent of respondents agreed with the ban, the department said in a statement.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “We all know the devastating impact plastics have on our environment and wildlife,” he said. “These new bans on single-use plastics will continue our important work in protecting the environment.”
Most plastics can remain intact for centuries. and wreaking havoc on oceans, rivers and land, where millions of tons of waste end up in waste every year. The United Nations says decades of excessive use of single-use plastics has led to “Global environmental catastrophe”
The British government estimates that 2.7 billion single-use cutlery, mostly plastic, are used annually, as well as 721 million such dishes, but only 10% are recycled.
The UK ban would include single-use plastic trays, balloon sticks, cups and certain types of polystyrene food containers.
A ban on the supply of plastic straws and plastic stir sticks and cotton swabs will come into effect in the UK from 2020.
Anti-plastic campaign group A Plastic Planet welcomed the latest ban. But it called for further restrictions, especially envelopes.
Sian Sutherland, co-founder of the group, said: “Plastic envelopes are the ultimate symbol of our pick-up and travel. lifestyle addicted to convenience It should be the next goal… 855 billion plastic bags are used annually.
the British government said is considering limiting the use of other plastics Where to dispose of common and “problematic” waste such as wet wipes, tobacco filters and packets.
Governments around the world are limiting the use of single-use plastics to varying degrees. And from a global survey last year found that three out of four want single-use plastics to be banned as soon as possible