Consultation: Introducing market restrictions on single-use plastic items in Scotland

Closes 4 Jan 2021

Opened 12 Oct 2020


This consultation proposes the introduction of market restrictions – effectively a ban – on the most commonly littered single-use plastic items found on European beaches. It represents an important next step in our efforts to tackle our plastic problem, allowing us to maintain pace with the environmental standards of our European partners while re-affirming Scotland’s position as a world-leader in the circular economy.

Why we are consulting

Tackling the negative impact of plastic waste has on our communities,  oceans, rivers and land ecosystems has never been more important. 

The focus of this consultation is to gather views on our planned approach to introducing market restrictions on single-use plastics in Scotland. Consultation responses will be analysed and will inform our policy, as we match the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, it would be our intention to legislate for these changes in 2021. 

Read the consultation paper 

Give us your views


  • Environment and Climate Change