In 2020 the Welsh Government sought views on proposals to ban or restrict nine single-use plastic products that are commonly found littered.

With a total of 3,581 responses the overwhelming majority of responses were in favour of banning the suggested single-use plastic products. A summary of responses can be found on Reducing single use plastic in Wales | GOV.WALES.

Following this consultation, the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill will be introduced at Senedd Cymru.

The draft of the Bill is available and shows the proposed scope and direction of the Bill before its formal introduction in the autumn. Find out more on The Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill | GOV.WALES.

Single-use plastic cups, cutlery, drink-stirrers, lids for cups or takeaway food containers, straws, plates, takeaway food containers, balloon sticks, carrier bags, cotton buds and products made of oxo-degradable plastics are all included in the list of items that would be covered by the new law. But certain items will be exempt on various grounds, for example, if they are used for health or disability reasons or their purpose is connected to the provision of medical care or treatment. Single use plastic bags are also included on the prohibited list although there are proposed exemptions for many items including medical products, animal feed and raw meat or poultry as well as unpackaged food for human or animal consumption.

Work continues on the preparation of the Bill and there are likely to be changes before it is introduced to the Senedd.

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