New Legislation: Single-use plastic item ban in England

Plastic bottles recycling

What is the new legislation?

As of 1st October 2023, businesses may no longer supply, sell, or offer certain single-use plastic items in England. 

The items impacted by the new legislation include:

  • Plastic plates, bowls, and trays
  • Plastic cutlery and balloon sticks
  • Polystyrene food and drink containers

The ban applies to both online and over-the-counter sales and covers all types of single-use plastic, including biodegradable, compostable, and recycled materials.


What do I have to do as a business?

If you’re a business that’s impacted by this change, you need to make sure that you responsibly recycle any remaining stock. You will also need to start hunting for the best quality alternatives to single-use plastic products, such as eco-friendly, compostable variants.


Are there any exemptions?

There are some exemptions in specific circumstances. To find out more, visit this specific area of the website here.


What do I do with any single-use plastic waste now the ban is in place?

You can still dispose of single-use plastic waste by recycling it as you normally have. 

For any larger volumes of the banned items or stock that need to be disposed of, we have a range of different collection options. If you are in the Staffordshire or South Cheshire area, contact our customer support team on 01782 816 520 or email [email protected], we would be happy to discuss your requirements.


What about other plastic packaging?

At Brown Recycling, we provide a professional and compliant plastic recycling service to dispose of your commercial waste in the most responsible manner. 

Our plastic recycling service includes: 

LDPE Film – Low density polyethylene, such as shrink wrap 

HDPE – High density polyethylene, for example wheelie bins, bakery crates

PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, such as window frames

PP – Polypropylene, including hessian sacks and bulk bags. 


Want to know more about our plastic recycling services? To find out more about our expert plastic recycling services or to book a collection, get in touch with our customer support team. We’ll be happy to help! Give us a call on 01782 816 520, or alternatively fill out the contact form on our website.


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