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On Monday, October 30th, the Welsh Government is taking a significant step towards a greener future by launching Phase 1 of The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Act 2023. This ground-breaking law is designed to reduce the use of single-use plastic products in Wales.
The ban will be rolled out in stages, giving businesses the opportunity to make a smooth transition, use up your existing stock, and explore sustainable alternatives. We’re here to help your business navigate this shift towards a more sustainable future, and have put together this blog post to guide you through the change.
Before we dive into the specifics, its important to know who is impacted by this new law. The ban applies to the supply of single-use plastic products to customers in Wales, and applies to all businesses and organisations. Here’s the breakdown:
Let’s get to know the ban so that you know exactly what will be required of your business and when.
As mentioned, Phase 1 comes into force on the 30th October. This first phase includes the banning of:
Phase 2 of the ban will come into force in Spring 2026 and will include:
Take a look at the Welsh Government Communications Media Toolkit for more helpful information around the ban and recycling.
If you find yourself with leftover banned products after the ban takes effect, consider reaching out to your suppliers, local council, or trade association for guidance on recycling or responsible disposal.
There are plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics readily available in the market. Take a look at the Welsh Government’s Draft Guidance for more details on alternatives. There is also an easy read version for your convenience.
We want to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey and let us know how your business has geared up for the single-use plastic ban. Your experiences will help us to highlight best practices and inspire others.
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