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18th November 2021, 17:25

Department of Environment reminds public of ban on certain single-use plastic items still available in shops

The Department of the Environment and Climate Change is reminding the general public that legislation banning a number of single-use plastic items is in force in Gibraltar.

The items banned include plastic cutlery, plates and straws, as well as polystyrene cups and food containers. Plastic bags of a thickness of less than 100 microns are also banned from importation.

The Government says no quantity of these items is allowed into Gibraltar, and that these will be confiscated on discovery.

Despite the legislation, plastic cutlery and thin plastic bags are still available from a number of local shops and restaurants. GBC has asked how the legislation is enforced, and whether there have been any recent confiscations.