Plastic cutlery, cups and wet wipes are all set to be banned in government eco crackdown
20th November 2021

PLASTIC cutlery, cups and wet wipes are all set to be banned under a fresh eco crackdown.  

While tobacco firms could also be ordered to take the plastic out of their cigarette filters to stub out pollution.


Ministers say the move will stem the tide of toxic waste which clogs up the world’s oceans and rivers, killing animals and wrecking the environment.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Plastic damages our environment and destroys wildlife.

“This Government has waged war on unnecessary, wasteful plastics – banning the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

“While our carrier bag charge has cut consumption by 95 per cent in the main supermarkets.

“But it’s time we left our throwaway culture behind once and for all.”

Downing Street is launching a consultation on banning single-use plastic plates and knives and forks, and polystyrene cups and containers in England.

A separate call for evidence is being launched to crackdown on single use cups and sachets and wet wipes and cigarette filters containing plastic.

They could be banned, or new compulsory labelling could be added telling people how to bin them safely.

When flushed, wet wipes which contain plastics create giant fatbergs which clog sewers and rivers.

Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds are already outlawed.But Brits still chuck away billions of single-use plastics every year.

A whopping 1.1 billion disposable plates and 4.25 billion bits of plastic cutlery were binned in England last year.

Boris Johnson is eager to wean the nation off throwaway plastics as part of his bid to clean up the planet.

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