All of our shops were forced by law to charge for non-essential plastic bags (a small charge, £0.05, supposedly to go to charity), I think this significantly reduced the number of plastic bags handed out by many of our shops.
There was a news article today on how local authorities around the UK all seem to have differing views on what constitutes a recyclable plastic item. Some didn’t take ANY plastic, others just bottles (high value plastic).
My local authority seems to be better than most, the only plastics they will not take are cellophane wrapping, pet food packs, plant pots and black plastic food trays. Pretty much everything else can go into our household recycling bin, collected fortnightly.
Another recent one was to ban the sale of plastic stem cotton buds. Some people seemed to think it’s OK to flush these down the toilet. Back to paper stems now (which IMHO were far better anyway!)
I think there’s a drive to reduce plastic single-use bottles now, more places seem to be installing water fountains, with the ability to refill a re-usable bottle.
I hope this is only the start… too much single use plastic still out there.