Are you ready for the UK single-use plastic ban?

Be Prepared for the UK Single-Use Plastic Ban in October 2023

The countdown has begun! England is set to join Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales in taking a significant step towards environmental sustainability by implementing a single-use plastic ban starting on October 1, 2023. This ban encompasses all types of single-use plastics, regardless of their recyclability, compostability, or biodegradability. To assist businesses in transitioning to reusable solutions and complying with this ground-breaking regulation, Harfield is here to guide you through the rules while providing sustainable tableware solutions.


Understanding the UK Single-Use Plastic Ban:

  • National Rollout: Already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland since 2022 and introduced in Wales in autumn 2023, the ban is poised to make its mark on England, impacting businesses across the country.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: The ban isn’t limited to specific items; it encompasses all single-use plastics. This includes everyday items such as straws, cutlery, plates, cups, bowls, trays, and more.
  • No Exceptions: As of October 1, 2023, businesses will no longer be permitted to supply, sell, or offer single-use plastic items. This covers items that are wholly or partly made from plastic, even if they have plastic coatings or linings. This also extends to ready-to-consume polystyrene food containers and cups.


Harfield’s Sustainable Solutions:

At Harfield, we are committed to sustainability offering a wide range of reusable products that can help your business adapt to the new regulations. Here are some of our innovative solutions:

  • SliderStraws: Our SliderStraws are a practical and eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic straws. They are designed to be reusable, making them an ideal choice for businesses looking to reduce their plastic footprint.
  • Reusable Grab’n’go Solutions: Our grab-and-go solutions are designed to replace single-use packaging. They are not only environmentally friendly, but also cost-effective in the long run.
  • Cutlery: Say goodbye to disposable plastic cutlery and switch to our durable and reusable cutlery options. They are perfect for businesses looking to make a sustainable choice.


The October 2023 single-use plastic ban in the UK is a crucial step towards a greener future. To ensure your business complies with these regulations while also contributing to a more sustainable planet, explore Harfield’s range of reusable tableware solutions. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you in making a smooth transition away from single-use plastics.