Scottish Government consults banning single-use plastic :  A consultation has been launched by the Scottish Government on its agenda to ban some of the most environmentally-damaging plastic items  found in Scotland.

It is proposing to introduce new legislation to restrict the sale or commercial supply of polystyrene food & drink containers, plastic balloon sticks and products derived from oxo-degradable plastics as well as plastic plates, straws and cutlery.

Used in Scotland annually, millions of these single-use plastic products, including an estimated 276 million pieces of plastic cutlery, 300 million plastic straws, 50 million plastic plates & 66 million polystyrene food containers.

They were described as contributing the majority share of litter found in the marine environment in the EU Single Plastics Directive & are most commonly found washed up on European beaches.

The consultation is also searching for views on the introduction of a ban on the non-commercial supply and manufacture of the single-use plastic items & is open until 4th January 2021.

Any legislation is expected to be introduced in 2021 relating to these single-use plastic products.

“There is no longer any doubt that plastic waste is having a hugely damaging impact on our oceans, rivers and land ecosystems. We must act now to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic and drive forward a move towards more sustainable, environmentally-friendly alternatives. Failure to do so is a dereliction of our duty to our children who will inherit a natural world polluted by the plastics we have thrown away for the sake of convenience.

“This government is committed to tackling the problem. We were the first country in the UK to ban plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plans are well underway for a deposit return scheme in Scotland.

“The proposals published today will take us further – keeping pace with the environmental standards of our European partners and reaffirming our position as a world leader in the circular economy.” said Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

Scottish Government consults banning single-use plastic

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