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Plastic Cutlery Ban Mooted in England to End ‘Throwaway Culture’

  • Polystyrene cups, plastic plates also face possible clamp down
  • Call for evidence asks for views on wet wipes, coffee cups
Single-use plastic cutlery and plates.
Single-use plastic cutlery and plates.Photographer: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers proposed a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plates in England as part of a bid to end “throwaway culture” and incentivize consumers to use sustainable alternatives.

Environment Secretary George Eustice announced the proposal on Saturday, kicking off a 12-week consultation that also covers polystyrene cups and once-only plastic food and beverage containers. In a separate call for evidence, Eustice’s department additionally asked for views on banning wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets and single-use coffee cups containing plastic.