Plastic Cutlery Ban Mooted in England to End ‘Throwaway Culture’

Nov. 20, 2021, 12:01 AM

Ministers proposed a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plates in England as part of a bid to end “throwaway culture” and incentivize consumers to use sustainable alternatives.

Environment Secretary George Eustice announced the proposal on Saturday, kicking off a 12-week consultation that also covers polystyrene cups and once-only plastic food and beverage containers. In a separate call for evidence, Eustice’s department additionally asked for views on banning wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets and single-use coffee cups containing plastic.

Single-use plastic cutlery and plates.
Photographer: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

The proposals are part of a government drive to reduce waste that often goes to landfill, or ends up as ...

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