Welsh Government launches consultation on single-use plastic ban

31 July 2020 (Last Updated July 31st, 2020 11:53)

The Government of Wales has enhanced its sustainability commitment as it plans to ban single use plastic in the country.

Welsh Government launches consultation on single-use plastic ban
Wales to ban single use plastic starting next year. Credit: Chemist 4 U.

The Government of Wales has enhanced its sustainability commitment as it plans to ban single use plastic in the country.

The potential ban including straws, stirrers, cotton buds, balloon sticks, plates, cutlery, food and drinks containers made of expanded polystyrene; and products made from oxo-degradable plastic, BBC reported.

As part of this, Wales Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Hannah Blythyn launched a public consultation on the proposals at a beach clean on Anglesey.

BBC quoted Blythyn as saying: “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.”

Additionally, Keep Wales Tidy CEO Lesley Jones, who welcomed the launch of the consultation said: “The damage caused by plastics is far reaching and we are eager to see a drive towards reusable alternatives across society.”

The move to launch consultation follows the Welsh government’s proposal in March this year to ban a wide range of single-use plastics from next year with the aim of becoming the world’s top recycling nation.

The country is planning to achieve zero waste by 2050.

Meanwhile, the Government revealed that the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions has contributed in the increasing of littering.

In July last year, South Australia Government planned to ban the use of various single-use plastics, with straws, cutlery, and stirrers the first on its agenda.