Drive to reduce single use plastics in Wales

The Welsh Government has recently launched a consultation on its proposals to ban a range of single use plastic items and Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones is encouraging his constituents to take part and share their views.

The Welsh Government’s ambition is for a Wales free from unnecessary, single use plastics. If the proposals are implemented, a range of single use, hard to recycle and commonly littered plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds, polystyrene food and drinks containers would be banned. This action is part of wider efforts to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, reduce litter and help move Wales towards a circular economy.

The Welsh Government’s longstanding commitment to reducing waste and unnecessary plastic is outlined in its circular economy strategy, Beyond Recycling, which aims for a zero waste Wales by 2050.

Mr Jones said “ With people more environmentally aware and very protective of their local environment, I would urge people to take part and share their views on the Welsh Government proposals. We know that many businesses are already responding to customers’ demands for more sustainable products. The Welsh Government wants to hear from you on how Wales can take the lead of the global drive to tackle the plastic waste issue.”

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said “Plastic pollution and the impact it has on our environment is regularly highlighted in the media, online and in conversations I have every day with people across Wales. It blights our communities and has a devastating impact on our wildlife.

As plastic free July comes to an end and Wales emerges from lockdown, I want to hear from communities all over Wales on how we can work together to tackle litter and reduce our reliance on single plastics. The consultation I am launching  is an important step towards this ambition and the proposals it sets out will play an important part in our green recovery.

Communities have led the way when it comes to reducing plastic waste. I hope the people of Wales will now take the opportunity to respond to this consultation and help us move forward on our journey towards a litter free Wales.”

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