According to the BBC's report on January 9, the British government confirmed that the use of disposable plastic tableware, plates and trays will be banned in England.
Reported that it is not clear when the ban will take effect, but Scotland and Wales have taken similar measures. The British Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Tracy Coffey, said that the move would help protect the environment for future generations. Activists welcomed the ban, but called for broader measures to reduce the use of plastics.
It is reported that according to government data, 1.1 billion disposable dinner plates and more than 4 billion plastic tableware are used in England every year. Plastic waste often does not decompose, and it has existed in landfills for many years. Although this may be useful in food hygiene, it may eventually become garbage, which in turn pollutes soil and water.
It is reported that the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom will officially announce this measure on January 14 after a long consultation. According to the department's data, in England, each person uses an average of 18 disposable plastic plates and 37 plastic tableware each year, while only 10% of these plastic products are recycled.
Coffey said that a series of disposable plastic products related to takeaway food and beverages would be banned. She said: "I am determined to move forward and solve this problem head-on. We have taken major measures in recent years - but we know there is still more to do, and we have listened to the voice of the public again."
"This new ban will have a huge impact, prevent pollution caused by billions of pieces of plastic waste, and help protect the natural environment for future generations," she said
It is reported that England has banned the use of disposable plastic straws, mixing rods and cotton swabs since 2020. However, this latest measure does not include goods sold in supermarkets or stores. The British government said it would solve these problems in other ways.
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