Friends of the Earth Scotland’s response Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products and Oxo-degradable Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

Given the urgent action needed to tackle the plastic crisis, Friends of the Earth Scotland supports the proposed market restrictions on the supply and manufacture of the proposed items in the draft regulations. Single-use disposable items are a symbol of the throwaway culture in our linear economy and in order to move towards a circular economy, it is vital that we eliminate the use and manufacture of single-use plastic products and move to reusables in line with the waste hierarchy.

We support the exemption for the use of plastic straws used for medical use or to support independent living, but we do not believe any exemptions should be made for the use of plastic balloon sticks. All plastic balloon sticks, including the proposed exemption for sticks attached to or used to support balloons for industrial or other professional uses, are still made of fossil fuel derived plastic and cannot be recycled.