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Single-Use Plastic Regulations

On 1 June 2022 Scotland is introducing a ban on certain single use plastics

The ban will include the production and commercial supply of the following items:

  • Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other similar utensils)
  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Single-use plastic beverage stirrers
  • Single-use food containers made of expanded polystyrene
  • Single-use cups made of expanded polystyrene 
  • Single-use plastic straws 
  • Single-use plastic balloon sticks 

Plastic straws and balloon sticks are subject to exemptions which allow them to be supplied under special circumstances. Single-use plastic straws will also be available for those who require them to eat and drink independently or for medical purposes. 

This Regulation is being introduced to help to tackle Scotland's litter and fly tipping problems, as well as help toward the overall effort to reduce Climate Change. Around four-fifths of Scotland's carbon footprint comes from all the goods we produce, use and often throw out. By phasing out single use items, we divert waste from landfill, encourage behavioural change toward reusable products or products that can be sourced and recycled sustainably.

For more information on the about single use items problem, view our  Single Use Plastics (PDF) [58KB]  and for the next steps visit Zero Waste Scotland.

Last modified on 01 June 2023

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