Scotland to ban certain single-use plastics in 2022

16 November 2021

Article: 55/4606

From 1 June 2022, legislation will ban some of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastic items in Scotland.

The ban will mean it is unlawful to make and supply commercially any of the following single-use items: 

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

The regulations will also make it unlawful to supply single-use plastic straws and plastic balloon sticks commercially, although these will be subject to exemptions which allow them to be supplied in particular settings and circumstances.

All the restrictions apply to both online and in-store sales, whether free or charged for.

Source: Scottish Government, 11 November 2021