New guidance follows the announcement earlier this year which stated that from 1 October 2023 businesses must no longer supply, sell or offer certain single-use plastic items in England.
This will ban businesses from selling either online or over the counter, single-use plastic plates, bowls, trays, containers, cutlery and balloon sticks.
How to prepare for the ban
You can prepare your business for the new rules by:
- using up existing stock before 1 October
- finding re-usable alternatives to single-use items
- using different materials for single-use items
If you continue to supply banned single-use plastics after 1 October, you could be fined.
There are some exemptions to the ban, depending on the item.
Plates, bowls and trays
From 1 October you must not supply single-use plastic plates, trays and bowls to members of the public.
You can still supply single-use plastic plates, bowls and trays if either of the following apply:
- you are supplying them to another business
- the items are packaging (pre-filled or filled at the point of sale)
Examples of this type of packaging include:
- a pre-filled salad bowl or ready meal packaged in a tray
- a plate filled at the counter of a takeaway
- a tray used to deliver food
Cutlery and balloon sticks
From 1 October you must not supply single-use plastic cutlery or balloon sticks.
There are no exemptions to this ban.
Polystyrene food and drink containers
From 1 October you must not supply ready-to-consume food and drink in polystyrene containers. This includes in polystyrene cups.
Polystyrene means expanded and extruded polystyrene.
You can still supply food or drink in polystyrene containers if it needs further preparation before it is consumed. For example, further preparation could mean:
- adding water
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