The Welsh Government of the UK has brought in new legislation that prohibits the sale of certain single-use plastic items in the country.

The legislation is part of the government’s initiative towards climate action and is intended to reduce the flow of plastic pollution into the environment.

It also comes in response to the momentum created by the majority of Welsh communities to become plastic-free, with more than 87% of surveyed members of the public in favour of the move.

Among others not listed here, the banned items include cups made of expanded or foamed extruded polystyrene, takeaway food containers made of expanded or foamed extruded polystyrene, single-use plastic plates, single-use plastic cutlery, and single-use plastic drinking straws.

Welsh Government Climate Change Minister Julie James said: “This is the first step in phasing out the need for unnecessary single-use plastic being used and sold in Wales.

“We’re committed to eradicating single-use plastic and our next phase will see the banning of plastic single-use carrier bags, polystyrene lids for cups and food containers and products made of oxodegradable plastic, which will come into force before the end of the Senedd [Welsh Parliament] term.

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“Many businesses across Wales have already adopted the change prior to the ban by switching to reusable products or swapping out their plastic for cardboard or paper alternatives where reusables aren’t suitable.”

Earlier this month, a UK-wide consultation was launched to potentially ban wet wipes containing plastic in the country, which is part of the UK government’s overarching Plan for Water.

The consultation began on 14 October and will last for six weeks until 25 November.

James added: “We’re also looking at plastic-based wet wipes which can block drains, contribute to flooding and add microplastic fibres to our environment.

“If we all take a ‘Team Wales’ approach and look to reuse, recycle and repair more, it’ll help create a greener future for generations to come.”

Earlier this month, England (a part of the UK) introduced new regulations banning several single-use plastic items.