Gearing up for single use plastic ban

A single use plastic ban could potentially be introduced in June this year.

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North Ayrshire Council is preparing for a single use plastic ban with a promotional campaign to spread awareness about the new regulations.

The ban on single use plastic is anticipated to come into effect across Scotland on Wednesday June 1, leading the council to share information on the new regulations on their social media channels and through an awareness campaign urging residents to be more Plastic Smart.

The proposed ban, however, is not set in stone, as it is still subject to agreements and consent on the UK Internal Market Act 2020 and the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

If it does get approved, the single use plastics ban will apply to the sale or supply of plastic cutlery, chopsticks, plates, beverage stirrers, expanded polystyrene food containers and cups. Plastic straws and plastic balloon sticks are also included in the ban, however, there are exemptions for certain circumstances.

In June 2018, North Ayrshire Council committed to becoming a plastic free council by 2022, in line with their Plastic Waste Prevention Action Plan.