Local AM backs ambitious plans to ban single use plastics

Aberavon AM David Rees, has welcomed far reaching plans to ban the most commonly littered single use plastics in Wales.  The plans were set out by Hannah Blythyn the minister responsible, during a Senedd debate this week.

The Minister stated that the Welsh Government is to consult on restricting the sale of a wide-range of throw-away plastics.  This would include straws, stirrers, cotton buds and cutlery

The ban could be in place as early as next year and will once again see Wales leading the way on single use plastics.

Wales has a proud record when it comes to recycling, the Welsh Government led the way in the UK on the single use plastic carrier bag charge and Wales is ranked third in the world for amount of waste recycled.

David Rees AM said: “I am immensely proud that Welsh Labour have led the way on recycling and am delighted that we are looking to do the same by looking at banning single use plastics.”

“It is clear that we need to act know to address the issue of single use plastics, and the damage that they are doing to ecosystems globally. However, we must also ensure that alternatives are easily sourced and are reasonably priced so that they are accessible to everyone.”

Welsh Government will have to consult with the public before a ban on single use plastics would come into force and further details of this will be available soon.

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