Single-use plastic plates and cutlery to be banned in England

Single-use plastic plates and cutlery to be banned in England

Polystyrene cups will also be banned but campaigners say action to cut plastic waste is ‘snail-paced’

Single-use plastic plates and cutlery, and polystyrene cups will be banned in England under government plans, as it seeks to reduce the plastic polluting the environment.

A public consultation will launch in the autumn and the ban could be in place in a couple of years. The move was welcomed by campaigners, but they said overall progress on cutting plastic waste was “snail-paced”, with the EU having banned these items and others in July.

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