Single-use plastic ban for businesses

From 1 October 2023, businesses in England may no longer supply, sell or offer certain single-use plastic items. If businesses continue to supply these items after 1 October, they could face fines.

The ban includes single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers.

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For more information regarding the ban and any exclusions, please visit the single-use plastics ban page on Brighton & Hove City Council’s website.

If you’re a business owner and have any questions about the new rules, you can email

Why we need to tackle single-use plastic waste  

Plastic pollution takes hundreds of years to break down, damaging our oceans, rivers and countryside in the process.

Plastic production and burning plastic that cannot be recycled also produces harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

If plastic production continues at current levels, it’s estimated that these emissions will jeopardize efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C.

Resources for businesses 

For more information about how you can make your business more sustainable and support our citywide shift towards a circular economy, see our climate information for businesses webpage.