The UK Government has announced a ban on single use plastics, it will come in to affect in October this year. The ban will include plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers. According to the UK Government’s own estimated figures,
“…England uses 2.7 billion items of single-use cutlery — most of which are plastic — and 721 million single-use plates per year, but only 10% are recycled. If 2.7 billion pieces of cutlery were lined up they would go round the world over eight and a half times (based on a 15cm piece of cutlery).”
London’s leading sustainable venue, 15Hatfields, has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce the ban. To quote Warren Campbell, general manager of 15Hatfields…
“The last four years have seen us spearhead a campaign influencing clients, suppliers and the events industry following the successful elimination of single-use plastic from both our venue and supply chain. We therefore welcome the government’s move to ban single-use cutlery, plates, bowls, trays and certain polystyrene cups and food containers from October 2023.”
However, he would like to see the Government take things further…
“…we would like to see the ban extended further as we feel it barely scratches the surface of the plastic problem, which is causing microplastics to enter and pollute our rivers and seas. To protect our planet for future generations, we’d like to see it not just restricted to catering and takeaway outlets. We’d also like to see it having a wider scope, so covering other items such as single-use plastic water bottles, for example.”
15Hatfields is more than happy to share their expertise and experience in sustainability and waste reduction. They have a wealth of information to assist other venues eradicate single-use plastic on their website. It details their experiences and the challenges encountered as well as solutions for food wrap, tea bags, sugar packs, biscuit packaging, napkins, sponge scourers, adhesive tape, granola pots, cutlery detergent and gloves.
A downloadable ‘Guide to Running a Sustainable Event’ (opens to a PDF document) is also available to all event organisers who are keen to plan their event as responsibly as possible. It details considerations and top tips for reducing waste, sourcing responsible suppliers and educating delegates.
The full press release from 15Hatfields can be downloaded by clicking the button below.