A ban on some single-use plastic products will come into force across England on Sunday.

Shops and hospitality businesses will no longer be able to supply plastic cutlery, balloon sticks and polystyrene cups under the new rules.

The government says the move will “tackle the scourge of litter and protect the environment from plastic pollution”.

But councils have warned that some firms are not ready for the change.

Around 1.1 billion single-use plates and more than four billion pieces of plastic cutlery are used in England every year, government figures suggest.

The vast majority of these products cannot be recycled and can take hundreds of years to biodegrade in landfill sites.

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