Publication - Impact assessment

Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment - final

Published: 11 Nov 2021

We published a partial equality impact assessment during the public consultation on the introduction of market restrictions on problematic single-use items in Scotland, which took place between 12/10/202 and 04/01/2021. This EQIA expands that work with additional research, data, and evidence.

Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment - final
Stage 3: Assessing the quality of the impacts and identifying opportunities to promote equality

Stage 3: Assessing the quality of the impacts and identifying opportunities to promote equality

The final EQIA builds upon the partial EQIA in reviewing broad-based research and data alongside targeted evidence collection. It contains the potential impacts – negative, positive and neutral – which were considered for each of the protected characteristics.

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their age?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

Older people and young children may be more reliant on the use of plastic straws – likely as a result of cumulative impact alongside disability

Young children may be more likely to use balloon sticks, and there may therefore be a disproportionate impact. However, this is not considered discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

Reduced littering will have a positive impact which will be potentially more significant for young people

Reduced littering will have a positive impact which will be potentially more significant for young people

Reduced littering will have a positive impact which will be potentially more significant for young people

Reduced littering will have a positive impact which will be potentially more significant for young people

Reduced littering will have a positive impact which will be potentially more significant for young people

Promoting good relations among and between different age groups

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think that the policy impacts disabled people?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

Impacts on quality of life and potential for independent living. Potential for loss of dignity.

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations among and between disabled and non-disabled people

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think that the policy impacts on men and women in different ways?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations between men and women

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think that the policy impacts on women because of pregnancy and maternity?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think your policy impacts on transsexual people?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their sexual orientation?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think the policy impacts on people on the grounds of their race?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good race relations

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their religion or belief?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations

None

None

None

None

None

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their marriage or civil partnership?

Impact

Cutlery (Forks, Knives, Spoons, Chopsticks) and beverage stirrers

Plates

Straws (medical/disability exemption)

Balloon sticks

Expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers, caps and lids

Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

None

None

None

None

None

Advancing equality of opportunity

None

None

None

None

None

Promoting good relations

None

None

None

None

None


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