Independent street traders in Oxford will no longer be able to sell products made from single-use plastic soon.

A decision has been made to ban the material which has been described as having "a massive environmental impact". 

It comes after 79 per cent of respondents were in favour of banning single-use plastic as part of a public consultation exercise held in Oxford at the end of 2022.

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Oxford is making a move towards banning the material ahead of a nation-wide ban enforced by the government. 

The city council's licensing committee decided single-use plastic should be banned during a meeting on Tuesday evening.

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Green Party councillor Lois Muddiman said: “We know that single use plastics have a massive environmental impact - both in their production and their contribution to problems of littering.

“That’s why it’s incredibly welcome that the city council has taken this crucial step in ensuring that street traders are required to use sustainable alternatives.

“By taking this step, the council is making a small but significant difference to Oxford’s environmental impact, helping to clean up our city and tackle the climate crisis.”

The decision still requires formal consent at a meeting of all city councillors.

This would then be introduced significantly earlier than the Westminster government’s ban from October 2023.

Green Party councillor Rosie Rawle, said: “Independent, small traders are the beating heart of Oxford’s economy.

“As significant players in the local economy, street traders have an important role to play in addressing our city’s environmental impact."