The ban of single-use plastics will come into effect in Scotland from June 2022. Plastic cutlery, drink stirrers and food containers will all be banned as part of the new policy in Scotland.
But George Galloway, British politician and broadcaster, took to Twitter to take aim at the new introduction of these rules.
Mr Galloway tweeted: “Spoiler: this NOT a joke.
“It is now the policy of the Scottish-Green Nationalist Front government that Scots citizens should carry ‘in their backpack’ their own real KNIVES forks and spoons because wood and plastic implements are to be banned.”
Speaking about the ban, Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “Every year, hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic are wasted.
“They litter our coasts, pollute our oceans and contribute to the climate emergency.
“That has to end and this ban will be another step forward in the fight against plastic waste and throwaway culture.
“This is another example of the sort of bold action that is needed if we are to deliver on the commitments that are being made at Cop26.”
Scottish Lib Dem climate emergency spokesman, Liam McArthur, acknowledged that the introduction of the ban was a positive move, he said it was “nowhere near the scale of action needed”.
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WWF Scotland director Lang Banks made clear recently the need for single-use plastics to be phased out.
Mr Banks said: “At every step in its lifecycle, even long after it has been discarded, plastic causes harm to wildlife and contributes to the climate crisis we’re facing today.
“If we’re to stop climate change and eliminate plastic pollution from our oceans, we need to rapidly phase out unnecessary single-use plastics.
“Despite plastics not featuring much during discussions at COP26, the climate impacts globally are huge – equivalent to the output of almost 200 coal-fired power stations annually.
“It’s been estimated that by 2040, when plastic production is expected to have doubled, climate emissions from the plastic lifecycle will account for up to 20 per cent of the entire global carbon budget.”