Specific single-use plastics banned in Scotland

magenta plastic spoon half buried in the beach

From 1st June (subject to the UK Internal Market Act 2020) in Scotland it is unlawful to make and supply commercially the following problematic single-use plastic items which are commonly found in beach litter:

  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Beverage stirrers
  • Food containers made of expanded polystyrene
  • Cups and lids made of expanded polystyrene
  • Straws (exemptions apply)
  • Balloon sticks (exemptions apply)

This legislation helps to tackle our throwaway culture and move towards a circular economy in Scotland. It is an opportunity for industry to think differently and shift from single-use to reusables wherever possible, making cost savings and helping to fight the climate emergency. There are high levels of public support for this shift. If your business uses these items, Zero Waste Scotland has a range of resources to help you.

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