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Businesses in Sefton are reminded of single-use plastic ban from October 1st 2023

Sefton Council is reminding local businesses, such as takeaways, sandwich bars, care homes and retailers who supply certain single-use plastic items, that a government ban comes into force from Sunday, 1st October.

The ban means that businesses across England will not be able to supply certain single-use plastic items to members of the public.

Single-use plastic items

Items included in the ban are all single-use plastic cutlery, trays, plates, bowls, and balloon sticks. As well as banning the use of certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers used to supply food that is ready to consume. 

From October, subject to the exemptions, members of the public won’t be able to buy these products from any business in England.

It applies to both online and over-the-counter sales. 

The ban also includes the supply of items by businesses from new and existing stock and includes single-use plastic that is biodegradable, compostable, recycled and items wholly or partly made from plastic, including the coating or lining. 

For more information on this including exemptions and alternatives please visit the Gov.UK website. 

For advice and support Sefton Council’s Public Protection Service are on hand to help local businesses. Please contact the team by emailing: