Seven everyday items set to be banned from October 1 as new law comes into force
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The government has confirmed it's going ahead with its single-use plastics ban from 1 October.
Wave goodbye to how you'd normally receive your takeaway, because you're not going to be eating your kebab out of plastic packaging again anytime soon.
The UK government is sticking by its decision to put a plastic ban into place, seven items in particular banned from being used by takeaways in just a few days time.
"The ban on these items will include online and over-the-counter sales and supply, all types of single-use plastic, including biodegradable, compostable and recycled [and] items wholly or partly made from plastic, including coating or lining," the government's website reads.
It warned businesses to use up all 'existing stock' by 1 October, find 're-usable alternatives to single-use items' or use 'different materials for single-use items'.
It adds: "If you continue to supply banned single-use plastics after 1 October, you could be fined."
The seven items set to be banned are single-use plastic cutlery, single-use plastic plates, trays and bowls as well as balloon sticks, polystyrene containers and cups.
However, there are exemptions to the rule, businesses allowed to use and supply single-use plastic plates, bowls and trays if they're already pre-filled with food - such a ready meals.
You can also still use polystyrene containers as long as whatever is inside still needs some preparation, whether it be toasting, microwaving or adding water.
There are no exemptions on plastic cutlery or balloon sticks though.
And don't think you can get away with making some of your own exemptions, because local authorities will be carrying out inspections.
From asking to see records, speaking to staff, buying a product to try and catch you out or someone else complaining to the Trading Standards, it's best to comply or risk being fined.
Although, you do have the option to appeal a fine 'if you can show that you did everything you reasonably could to avoid breaking any rules'.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, Thérèse Coffey, said: "We all know the absolutely devastating impacts that plastic can have on our environment and wildlife. We have listened to the public and these new single-use plastics bans will continue our vital work to protect the environment for future generations.
"I am proud of our efforts in this area: we have banned microbeads, restricted the use of straws, stirrers and cotton buds and our carrier bag charge has successfully cut sales by over 97% in the main supermarkets."
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "Plastic is a scourge which blights our streets and beautiful countryside and I am determined that we shift away from a single-use culture.
"By introducing a ban later this year we are doubling down on our commitment to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. We will also be pressing ahead with our ambitious plans for a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and consistent recycling collections in England."