In the EU, single-use plastic items (including biodegradable and bio-based plastics) have been banned since July 2021. Steve Hynd, policy manager for the campaign group City to Sea, called on Coffey to clarify her intentions and said bioplastics should be included in any ban. ‘Many of these bioplastics are incredibly harmful to the environment and do not degrade in the natural environment,’ he warned.
Scotland and Wales have already legislated separately to ban various single-use plastics, including those described as biodegradable.
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