Plans to ban single use plastics backed by AM

Plastic straws and stirrers could be banned under new Welsh Labour Government proposals.

Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has welcomed far-reaching plans to ban the most commonly littered single-use plastics in Wales.

Earlier this month, the Welsh Government outlined proposals to consult on restricting the sale of a wide-range of throwaway plastics, including items such as straws, stirrers, cotton buds, polystyrene cups and cutlery.

Although plans are at an early stage, the ban could be in place as early as next year.

Wales has a proud record when it comes to recycling, exemplified by becoming the first nation in the UK to introduce a charge for plastic carrier bags.

In 20 years, Wales’ recycling rate has increased from just under 5% to almost 63%, resulting in the country being ranked third in the world for the amount of waste it recycles.  Latest figures show that Wrexham is above the national average, recycling over 65% of its municipal waste during the last financial year.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “The Welsh Labour Government has led the way on recycling and I am pleased it is now taking the first steps towards significantly reducing single-use plastics.”

“Wales’ recycling figures are impressive and the people of Wrexham are certainly playing their part.  However, to really tackle plastic waste and pollution, we must go beyond recycling and look to reduce plastic waste in the first place.”

“I certainly believe there is an appetite for change locally, particularly amongst the younger generation.  Talking to children during my visits to local schools, it’s clear improving recycling rates and tackling pollution is high on their agenda.”

“The Welsh Government will have to consult the public before instigating a ban so its important local residents have their say.”