Environmental campaigners say it is now “imperative” that the Scottish Government acts quickly to ban single use plastic items.
Friends of the Earth Scotland warned that delaying a ban by even six months could result in hundreds of millions more items such as straws and disposable cutlery ending up in landfill.
The organisation called on ministers to act at the end of a Scottish Government consultation which looked at the possibility of introducing restrictions on single use plastic items such as cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks.
Friends of the Earth Scotland campaigner Sarah Moyes insisted the response from the public “clearly shows that people are concerned about plastic pollution in Scotland and want to see action to tackle these persistent polluters”.
She added: “The knife and fork we use for a quick bite to eat shouldn’t endure beyond our lifetime sitting in landfill for hundreds of