Magee Gammon News New bans and restrictions on polluting single-use plastics  

New bans and restrictions on polluting single-use plastics  

Government action to tackle the scourge of litter and protect the environment from plastic pollution came into force on the 1 October, with bans and restrictions on a range of polluting single-use plastic items. 

No business – whether retailer, takeaway, food vendor or part of the hospitality industry – will now be able to sell single-use plastic cutlery, balloon sticks nor polystyrene cups and food containers in England. The supply of single-use plastic plates, trays and bowls has also been restricted. The new regulations were announced in Januaryand extensive work has taken place throughout 2023 to providefurther guidance on the ban for businesses. 

Plastic pollution takes hundreds of years to break down and inflicts serious damage on our ocean, rivers and land. It is also a source of greenhouse gas emissions, from its production and manufacture to the way it is disposed. 

Research shows people across England use 2.7 billion items of mostly plastic single-use cutlery and 721 million single-use plates every year, but only 10% of these are recycled. If 2.7 billion pieces of cutlery were lined up, they would go round the world more than eight-and-a-half times. 

See: New bans and restrictions on polluting single-use plastics come into force – GOV.UK ( 

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