The government has confirmed that England is set to ban single-use plastic cutlery and plates from tackling pollution issues on Sunday (January 8).
Media statements last month mentioned that the government has been mulling over the ban. The latest comments suggest that Thérèse Coffey, the environment secretary, is assigned to ban single-use plastic things. The report mentioned that the decision comes after the talk on the issue by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). As quoted, Coffey said that a plastic fork could take up to “200 years to decompose” and over two centuries, it will stay in a landfill or may pollute oceans, breaking the living organisms.
She said, “I am determined to drive forward action to tackle this issue head-on. We’ve already taken major steps in recent years – but we know there is more to do, and we have again listened to the public’s calls.”
She added, “This new ban will have a huge impact to stop the pollution of billions of pieces of plastic and help protect the natural environment for future generations.”
The announcement mentioned that the ban might contain plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and specific types of polystyrene cups and food containers next week, probably Saturday.
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