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In a bid to eliminate plastic waste, UK to ban single-use cutlery and plates, World News

In an effort to eliminate all preventable plastic waste, the UK government is planning to ban single-use plastic plates and cutlery and Styrofoam cups.

UK Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Plastic damages our environment and destroys wildlife. This government has waged war on unnecessary and unnecessary plastics – banning the supply of plastic straws, agitators and cotton swabs, while our carrier bag charges have reduced consumption by 95 percent. hundred in major supermarkets. ”

He further added that it was time to abandon the throwaway culture as he said: “With our leading environmental law, we will reduce waste and make better use of our resources, helping us to rebuild more environmentally friendly and leave the environment in a better condition. than we found it. These new plans represent the next major step in eradicating the use of problematic plastics that pollute our natural world. “

The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is launching another way to tackle other sources of plastic pollution.

According to this new method, stakeholders will be invited to express their views on the fight against common plastic waste, including wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets and other single-use cups.

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The UK government will also be looking at a way to hold manufacturers accountable and ensure they are doing their best to tackle single-use plastics. This also includes waste from cigarette butts.

“Many companies are already taking steps to reduce this avoidable waste, with many stores already offering alternatives to conventional plastic wipes, and today’s decision will provide more incentive to do the same,” DEFRA said.
Official data shows the UK uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups per year.

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Meanwhile, France has decided to ban plastic packaging for almost all fruits and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste, followed by Spain which aims to ban the sale of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic from 2023.

Implementing a February 2020 law, the government has published a list of around 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from January 1.

Bryce K. Locke