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Single-use plastic items - market restrictions: consultation

This consultation proposes the introduction of market restrictions – effectively a ban – on the single-use plastic items included in Article 5 of the EU Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (2019/904).

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Contents
Single-use plastic items - market restrictions: consultation
Questions

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Questions

Question 1(a):

Do you support the proposal to introduce a restriction on the supply by businesses in a commercial capacity in Scotland on each of the single-use plastic items listed and all oxo-degradable products?

Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks): Yes / No

Single-use plastic plates (plates, trays/platters, bowls): Yes / No

Single-use plastic straws: Yes / No

Single-use plastic beverage stirrers: Yes / No

Single-use plastic balloon sticks: Yes / No

Single-use food containers made of expanded polystyrene: Yes / No

Single-use cups and other beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene, including their covers, caps and lids: Yes / No

All oxo-degradable products: Yes / No

Question 1(b):

Please give reasons and where possible provide evidence to support the view expressed in response to Question 1(a).

Question 1(c):

Do you support the introduction of a restriction on the supply in a non-commercial capacity (rather than only in the course of commercial activity) of the specified single-use plastic and oxo-degradable items?

  • (Yes/No)
  • Please give reasons.

Question 1(d):

Do you support the introduction of a restriction on the manufacturing of the specified single-use plastic and oxo-degradable items, excluding those for which exemptions will be introduced?

  • (Yes/No)
  • Please give reasons.

Question 2:

To your knowledge, are any of the oxo-degradable products identified in this document present on the Scottish market? Are there any additional oxo-degradable products available on the Scottish market that we have not identified? Please provide evidence to support your answer.

Question 3:

The SUP Directive includes limited exemptions for single-use plastic straws and balloon sticks. Are there other exemptions we should consider in relation to the market restrictions being proposed?

  • (Yes/No)
  • Please give reasons.

Question 4:

How can we make sure disabled people have access to plastic straws if they require them for medical reasons or to support independent living, whilst at the same time restricting wider access for environmental purposes in a way that fulfils the SUP Directive requirements?

Question 5:

This consultation highlights other items that the Scottish Government intends to consider market restrictions for in future (plastic wet wipes, plastic tampon applicators and those other products contained in the UK Plastics Pact's list of items to be eliminated by end of 2020 which are not currently subject to existing or proposed market restrictions). Would you support the consideration of market restrictions on these items or any other items we haven't listed? Please provide reasons and evidence where possible.

Question 6:

Taking into account the accompanying Impact Assessments, can you identify any environmental, economic or social impacts we have not identified when developing the proposals contained in this consultation?

  • Yes/No
  • Please give reasons.

Question 7:

Do you believe the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to the market or wider economy that are not fully accounted for through this consultation?

  • Yes/No
  • Please give reasons.

Question 8:

Do you have any other comments that you would like to make, relevant to the subject of this consultation, that you have not covered in your answers to other questions?


Contact

Email: SUPD@gov.scot