Single-use plastics

Closes 13 Dec 2023

Opened 1 Nov 2023


Over the last few years Government legislation has been published with the aim of banning or restricting a variety of single-use plastic products, in order to help protect the environment and promote sustainability.

Examples include: 

  • A ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics
  • A ban on plastic earbuds  
  • A ban on plastic drink stirrers 
  • Restrictions on plastic bag use.

New legislation came into place on 1 October 2023 concerning the following single-use plastic items: plates, bowls, trays, containers, cutlery and balloon sticks. 

Retailers of these items, or businesses like takeaways or mobile food outlets, will have to sell-through their current stock and provide or use different products in the future.

While this legislation has been created by the Government, it will be for councils to ensure that it is being adhered to in their local areas.

There are a number of enforcement options available to a council if a local business is found to be in breach of the legislation.

Before we finalise and publish our chosen enforcement approach for single-use plastics, microbeads, drink stirrers, ear buds and plastic bags, we want to know what you think of the options available and how they could impact your business.

We recommend that you read through the links above and then refer to our ‘Draft single-use plastic guidance document before completing our short survey.

We have also added a document which gives examples of alternatives to single-use plastics which you can use.

Why your views matter

You may be a business that is directly affected by these regulations and it is important that we understand how you may be impacted.

You may be a resident or environmental campaigner who also has views you would like to express.

How to get in touch with us

If you have any questions, or need any of the information in a different format, please get in touch with us via phone: 020 8547 5000, or email

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