A whole range of articles are at the ax of UK restaurants to tackle the problems caused by plastic waste.
Disposable bags of tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and salad cream, vinegar and mustard are being considered, according to The Mirror.
It’s created in the fight against plastic and other waste that can’t be easily recycled, so it ends up in landfills, where it poses a risk to wildlife and can take hundreds of years to decompose.
According to the proposals being drafted by the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, restaurants, bars and takeaways will be banned from using the single-use bags, The Times reported.
Plastic plates, mini milk churns and similar items could also be banned after plastic straws, stirrers and cotton swabs became illegal in most places two years ago.
Among the proposals could also be changes to how plastic bags are sold, for which retailers are already legally required to charge at least 10p.
They’ve seen a 95% drop in sales since the government introduced the levy in 2015.
The government launched a call for evidence in November on how to tackle pollution from commonly discarded single-use plastic items like bags, wet wipes and coffee cups.
The report concluded that single-use sauce bags “could cause significant damage to the marine and terrestrial environment if disposed of improperly.”
Due to their small size and high levels of food contamination, they are difficult to separate and clean, making recycling unlikely.
A government source reportedly said a ban on plastic bags is being considered because “there are alternatives and bags are very problematic”.
The British Takeaway Campaign and the Federation of Small Businesses agreed that single-use plastics must be reduced, provided businesses have time to find alternatives.
Some effort has been made to create plastic-free replacements for sauce and condiment packs.
Notpla, a London-based startup, makes biodegradable sauce packs from brown seaweed, which is fast-growing and plentiful.
The company’s packets have already been tested at the London Marathon, which distributed packets of water and Lucozade to runners in 2019.
Heinz has also partnered with the company to offer biodegradable ketchup packets.
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