AN ASSEMBLY Member has backed ambitious plans to ban single use plastics.

Jack Sargeant, AM for Alyn and Deeside, has welcomed far reaching plans to ban the most commonly littered single use plastics in Wales.

The plans were set out by Hannah Blythyn - Delyn AM - the minister responsible, during a Senedd debate recently.

The Minister stated that the Welsh Government is to consult on restricting the sale of a wide-range throw-away plastics. This would include straws, stirrers, cotton buds and cutlery

Mr Sargeant said the ban could be in place as next year and see Wales once again leading the way on single use plastics.

Wales has a proud record when it comes to recycling, the Welsh Government led the way in the UK on the single use plastic carrier bag charge and Wales is ranked third in the world for amount of waste recycled.

He added: "I am immensely proud that Welsh Labour have led the way on recycling and am delighted that we are looking to do the same by banning single use plastics.

“It is clear that we need to act know to address the issue of single use plastics, and the damage that they are doing to ecosystems globally.

“Welsh Government have to consult before instigating such a ban and I would urge residents in Alyn & Deeside to support these proposals.”