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A Zero Waste target for single-use plastic

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The Principality is continuing its efforts to reduce waste in a bid to achieve a target of zero single-use plastic waste by 2030, an initiative it has been committed to since 2016.

The initial measure was a ban on single-use plastic bags introduced in 2016. This was followed by the elimination of plastic straws and drink stirrers in 2019 and then of single-use plastic plates, cutlery and glasses in 2020.

In March 2020, the Government also banned the release of balloons and lanterns, which are responsible for a great deal of marine litter.


Targeting zero plastic by 2030

On 1 January, the Government introduced a system to improve the traceability of waste from economic activities.


Then, on 1 June, a new series of bans was put in place. The following are therefore now prohibited: single-use plastic tableware, such as plates, steak markers, expanded polystyrene containers for takeaway food, lids and tops for glasses, and ice-cream tubs.

(To learn about alternatives for a plastic-free meal, click here !)


Other products which can no longer be used in the Principality (again from 1 June) include plastic confetti, balloon sticks and all products made from oxo-degradable plastic (which breaks down through oxidation). 


Food outlets will no longer be allowed to offer meal deals that include a free or reduced-price drink that is packaged in a single-use container. 


To enable the Principality to achieve its target of zero single-use plastic waste by 2030, these new measures will be followed up with further restrictions and bans over the next three years.

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