SOUTH Wales East AM Delyth Jewell has said a Plaid Cymru-led Welsh Government would ban single-use plastics in Wales by 2026.

The party's shadow minister for the future made the announcement in a speech at the Plaid Cymru conference in Swansea.

She told delegates a Plaid Cymru government would seek to introduce measures so that single-use plastics would be effectively banned in Wales by 2026.

Ms Jewell said: “After Plaid Cymru wins the 2021 election, I will work with environment minister Llyr Gruffydd on a package of proposals to ensure that Wales will become 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2035, and that within our first term, we will be single-use plastic-free.

“What I want to do is engender a cultural shift away from plastic. Wales can lead the way on this.

“We all need to be able to look our grandchildren in the eye and say that we did all we could to end the scourge of plastic-filled oceans and landfills.


“This can be done in such a way as to make financial sense for sectors that currently make heavy use of single-use plastics by introducing measures in a phased way that have the potential to cut production costs, by introducing reusable containers for example.

“Plaid Cymru will be consulting with interested parties about this proposal over the coming months and will publish detailed proposals in our manifesto for the 2021 election.”

Ms Jewell also announced she would like NHS privatisation to be made constitutionally illegal, an idea first proposed by her predecessor Steffan Lewis AM, who died of cancer in January.