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Wales unveils plans to ban single-use plastics from 2021

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In an announcement made late yesterday (18 March), the Welsh Government confirmed plans to consult around the phase-out of plastics deemed to be “single-use, hard-to-recycle and commonly littered”.

Materiality assessments conducted by Welsh Government departments found that these items include straws, stirrers, cotton buds, cutlery, plates and balloon sticks. Food and drink packaging made from expanded polystyrene is also on the list, given that it is non-recyclable, as are controversial oxo-degradable plastics.

Consultations around how Government should work with businesses and other organisations to phase-out each of these items will open in the coming months, the Welsh Government said in a statement.

According to the statement, the first complete bans are likely to come into effect in early 2021- in line with the UK Government’s ban on selling or distributing plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England, due to begin in April 2021.

The statement also re-iterates Ministers’ desires not to have the phase-out result in unintended negative financial consequences – particularly for small businesses.

Moreover, it acknowledges that some citizens, including those with disabilities,

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