Single-use plastics ban looming in Scotland

THE polystyrene containers commonly used by fast food outlets are set to be banned from next summer, along with several other types of ‘single-use’ plastic.

The Scottish Government has issued draft guidance for the implementation of the ‘Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021’, with a final version to be produced before the regulations come into force on June 1 next year.

Says a Scottish Government announcement, here: “The ban will apply to the following single-use items: plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks), plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks; food containers made of expanded polystyrene; and cups and other beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene, including their covers and lids.”

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