3 October 2022

Senedd considers single-use plastic product ban

The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill was laid before the Senedd on 20 September 2022, it is currently at Stage 1, meaning the general principles of the bill have been agreed by the Senedd.

Plastic cutlery that has been littered
© Brian Yurasits/Unsplash

The Bill proposes to make it an offence for a person to supply or offer to supply (including for free), the following commonly littered and unnecessary disposable single-use plastic (SUP) products to a consumer in Wales:

  • plates
  • cutlery
  • drinks stirrers
  • drinking straws (including attached straws)
  • cups made of polystyrene
  • takeaway food containers made of polystyrene
  • cup and takeaway food container lids made of polystyrene
  • plastic-stemmed cotton buds
  • sticks for balloons
  • oxo-degradable products
  • plastic single-use carrier bags

A timetable for scrutiny of the bill is yet to be agreed. The bill can be found on the Senedd website.