Ketchup and mayonnaise packs could vanish from local takeaways

Ketchup, mayonnaise and vinegar products will be banned from West Midlands restaurants and takeaways under new Government plans to cut down on plastic waste.

Environmental chiefs wants to ban food businesses from distributing condiment sachets made from single-use plastics.

It would see mini pots of milks, plastic plates and salad dressings also made illegal, as part of proposals put forward by the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs.

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The measures would take affect in the West Midlands, including the Black Country, and across the UK, if approved.

It is the latest in a string of efforts by the Government to clamp on waste that cannot be easily recycled and which usually ends up landfill sites or the sea, the Mirror Online reports.

Recent measures have included a major clampdown on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, which were banned in most circumstances in 2020.

In 2015, the Government introduced a 5p levy on single-use plastic bags in supermarkets. Since that measure was introduced, usage of bags among shoppers has fallen by more than 95 per cent.

In May last year, the levy was increased to 10p as part of efforts to further clampdown on the bags. The charge applies to every retailer – ranging from large supermarket chains to small businesses like corner shops and greengrocers.

Regarding the latest measure – targeting condiment sachets – the Government launched a study in November looking at how to curb the pollution of single-use plastic items, including sachets, wet wipes and coffee cups.

The Government report said it could include a ban, with it concluding that single-use sauce sachets could “cause considerable harm to the marine and terrestrial environment when disposed of incorrectly”.

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