Coronavirus Concerns Threaten Single-Use Plastic Ban

by | June 1, 2020

A ban on certain single-use plastics in Wales has come under threat due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) has written to the Welsh government to request that the ban — which is set to come into effect next year — is postponed until 2022.

The FPA has asked Mark Drakeford — the First Minister of Wales — to “learn the lessons” of the coronavirus outbreak, and prioritise health concerns over the environment.

“Inadvertently Spreading The Virus”

“The world has moved away from plastic plates, cutlery and straws in line with EU legislation” said Martin Kersh, the FPA executive director.

“During the pandemic the demand from the NHS, care homes and other institutions has been incredible” he added.

“I’m not a scientist so I can’t say how the virus travels, but psychologically, those who make those purchase decisions believe this is the best solution, so that when you are feeding patients and residents you are not inadvertently spreading the virus.”

Single-use plastic cutlery and straws are among the items that will be affected by the new eco-friendly restrictions.

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Single-use plastic cutlery and straws could soon be banned in Wales (Yada/Shutterstock.com)

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Single-Use Plastic Ban

The Welsh government has responded to the postponement request by saying it remains “committed” to the single-use plastic ban.

“We intend to issue a consultation on these proposals later this year” said a government spokesperson.

“The outcome of this consultation will inform future regulations to impose the bans.”

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