Saint George's Day event

Climate change considerations for traders

You may be aware of the recent government announcement, which confirmed that there will be a ban on single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers from October 2023. This affects retailers, takeaways, food vendors and the hospitality industry. Find out more about the ban on single use plastics in England (

Since the government's ban on supplying plastic straws and stirrers came into force in England on 1 October 2020, we have been asking all vendors at our events to abide by the following green credentials as a form of best practice: 

  • No single use packaging
  • No plastic straws or stirrers
  • No non-recyclable cutlery or trays
  • Recyclable coffee cups or plastic cups and plastic glasses
  • Vendors to offfer discounts for visitors who bring their own plates and drinking vessels to the event 

For attendance at any of our events from 24 October 2023, you will not be permitted to attend if you do not adhere to the government’s ban on single use plastic. Spot checks may be made on event days and, if a discrepancy is found, you may be asked to leave our event. 

We hope you will be able to continue to support the efforts of our climate change vision to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 (direct council emissions) and to ensure that the borough is net zero by 2050. View the council's climate change strategy 2024 - 2028

You might also be interested in the council's new sustainable-events commitment that we are launching to help outdoor events in the borough be more sustainable. Find out about our Sustainable Event Commitment

Thank you for helping us achieve our vision. If you would like any further advice, please contact us.

Last updated: 11/03/2024 13:18