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The British government wants to outlaw single-use plastic plates and cutlery

In an effort to address the nation's and the world's mounting plastic waste problem, the UK government is planning to outlaw single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and other goods and replace them with biodegradable alternatives. 


It was told by the spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Wednesday that although the UK has already banned some single-use plastic products, such as straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, the government was "determined to go further and faster to reduce, reuse, and recycle more of our resources."


CNN reports that after having a public consultation on new plastic restrictions in England, the government will soon address the problem. In Scotland, a comparable restriction already exists, and Wales will implement a second one the following year. According to the Financial Times, UK Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey will make a formal announcement soon. 


According to the government, 4.25 billion single-use pieces of cutlery and 1.1 billion single-use plates are used annually in England, or 20 plates and 75 pieces of cutlery per person. The government stated in the consultation document that just 10% of this massive mountain of plastic is recycled and that plastic cutlery was one of the top 15 most littered products in the UK.


Restrictions on the usage of plastic products have been proven to be effective by research. The quantity of plastic bags clogging up Britain's seafloor has significantly decreased, according to a 2018 analysis, after the UK banned giving away free plastic bags. The current proposal is consistent with existing restrictions throughout the world, and the UK has committed to completely eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. 


Last July, the European Union outlawed single-use plastic straws, balloon sticks, cotton buds, plates, and silverware. In July of this year, single-use plastics like straws, cutlery, earbuds, packaging films, balloon sticks made of plastic, candy and ice cream containers, and cigarette packets were outlawed in India, the second-most populous nation in the world. Additionally, as of later this month, the manufacture and importation of plastic bags, straws, stirrers, cutlery, food service equipment, and other items will be prohibited in Canada. 

In the US, California implemented extensive new regulations on single-use plastic in June, requiring that all single-use packaging and plastic single-use food service ware be recyclable or compostable by 2032.


The UN has warned that if nations don't take swift action, the globe could soon face a severe plastic pollution problem. The quantity of plastic garbage entering aquatic environments might nearly treble to as much as 37 million tonnes per year by 2040, according to a UN Environment Program research released last year. Due to the fact that most single-use plastics are made of fossil fuels and emit gases during every phase of their lifecycles, they also hasten climate change. Emissions from plastics challenge the ability of the globe to keep the global temperature rising to 1.5 degrees at current rates of production.

The UN Environment Assembly passed a historic resolution earlier this year to eradicate plastic pollution and establish the first-ever globally enforceable plastic pollution treaty by 2024 in an effort to address the issue. 


The action was hailed as a huge accomplishment, but reaching a binding deal will probably be challenging, in part because some of the most powerful corporations in the world are making a concerted effort to weaken any recommendations. ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Shell are among the companies represented by the American Chemistry Council, which has lobbied against output limits and prohibitions, calling them "misguided."


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