Rejected petition Reduce the amount of disposable single use plastics in Wales.

We implore the Welsh government to look into reducing single use plastics.

Wales led the way in reducing our reliance on single use plastic bags a few years ago. Now let's take the initiative once again and see what more can be done to reduce single use plastics in our every day lives.

Plastics are now found in our food, in our water, in the air we breathe. It is even found in the placenta of unborn babies. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. Please take action to change this now.

More details

Carrington, D. (2020). ‘Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies’, The Guardian, 22 December. Available at: (Accessed: 22 December 2020).

Fernandez, C and Pinkstone, J. (2019). ‘Plastic is infecting your gut: Average person accidentally ingests more than 73,000 pieces of microplastics every year, damning study reveals’, The Daily Mail, 02 September. Available at: (Accessed: 22 December 2020).

Carrington, D. (2019). ‘Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers’, The Guardian, 27 December. Available at: (Accessed: 22 December 2020).

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s not clear what the petition is asking the Senedd or Welsh Government to do. Petitions need to call on the Senedd or Government to take a specific action.

We also cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue, or if the Petitions Committee has considered one in the last year.

The Petitions Committee has recently considered the following petitions about single use plastics:

Ban Single Use Plastic Items in Wales

Our natural world is being poisoned by single use’s time to introduce a tax!

For Single Use Items: Introduce a Deposit Return System for Drink Containers and Make Fast Food Containers and Utensils Compostable

Ban Single Use Plastic Milk Bottles in schools

Ban plastic straws (when drinking milk) in our schools

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