Polystyrene and single-use plastic plates and cutlery may be outlawed in England as the British government aims to eradicate all unnecessary plastic trash, according to a statement released on Saturday.
England consumes 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion single-use cutlery pieces per year, the most of which are plastic, but just 10% is recycled after disposal, according to the report.
Businesses and consumers will be required to shift to more sustainable options under suggestions in a 12-week public consultation.
In addition, the government issued a separate request to address additional forms of plastic pollution, such as wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets and other single-use containers.
A future governmental approach could be to prohibit the use of plastic in these items.