Defra calls for evidence on wet wipes containing plastic

Defra has launched a call for evidence, seeking views on tackling commonly littered plastics including wet wipes. It said future policy measures that could be explored included banning plastic in these items, and mandatory labelling on packaging to help consumers dispose of items correctly.


The Government will also examine how it could put the responsibility firmly at manufacturers’ doors to make sure they are doing everything they can to tackle single-use plastics.


The call for evidence came a week after the passage of the Environment Act which will enable tougher action on single-use plastics in England. It also accompanied a consultation on banning single-use plastic plates, cutlery, cups and food and beverage containers.


• The second reading of Putney MP Fleur Anderson’s Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill which seeks to ban all wipes containing plastic was due to take place last week but was moved to 26 November.