Public tells government to ban polluting single-use plastics now - Greenpeace UK

Over 51,000 people have participated in a government consultation and the results are clear: ban polluting single-use plastics now

117,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to ban some of the most polluting single-use plastic items now.

The petition was submitted to Downing Street today by City to Sea, 38 Degrees, and Greenpeace as part of the #CutTheCutlery campaign.

More than 51,000 City to Sea and 38 Degrees supporters have shared their views on banning single-use plastic items via a government consultation, which closes on Saturday.

More than 100,000 people have called on the government to ban the most polluting single-use plastic items, such as plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene food packaging. The call comes as public pressure builds on Environment Secretary George Eustice to be quicker and more ambitious in tackling plastic pollution once and for all.

A petition with 117,000 signatures was handed into Downing Street today, ahead of the government closing its consultation on banning common single-use items this Saturday. The campaigners carried eye-catching placards and giant cutlery props with the wording ‘For Fork’s Sake’ and ‘Cut the Cutlery’.

A staggering 51,000 members of the public have participated in the consultation, with the help of plastic pollution campaigners City to Sea and campaign group 38 Degrees.

The vast majority of respondents back a ban on all the items being considered – such as cutlery, plates and polystyrene food containers – with support at 96% or above across the board.

Crucially, almost two thirds (64%) say the ban should kick in sooner than the government’s April 2023 start date. Scotland is due to introduce a comparable ban by June 2022 and members of the European Union were expected to have a ban in place by July 2021 leading to campaigners accusing the government of a “dereliction of Brexit promises”.

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Posted On: 10/02/2022

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