Single-Use Plastic Ban

Is your business prepared for the Single-Use Plastic Ban?

In October a range of polluting plastics will be banned in England. Plastics take hundreds of years to break down and this is a step towards reducing the amount of plastic being created and ending up in landfill after one use.

According to estimates, England uses 2.7 billion items of single-use cutlery — most of which are plastic — and 721 million single-use plates per year, but only 10% are recycled. If 2.7 billion pieces of cutlery were lined up they would go round the world over eight and a half times (based on a 15cm piece of cutlery). Plastic cutlery, for instance, was in the top 15 most littered items in the country by count in 2020.


From October, businesses (including retailers, takeaways, food vendors and the hospitality industry) will not be able to package and serve ‘food to go’ with single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers.

Please make sure your business is prepared.


Craig Hurring, CEO commented:

We stopped single-use plastic in our Markets in 2019 and many of our stallholders found it an easy and positive transition welcomed by customers. It is part of Love Wimbledon’s environmental commitment. If any businesses need any advice or help about sourcing then please do contact us and we can put you in touch with likeminded businesses.


Love Wimbledon’s Local Market Turns 10

Local Market on The Piazza 10th Anniversary


Love Wimbledon celebrated a milestone achievement as we marked 10 years of our Local Market on The Piazza on 1st-2nd April.

It was a special day for our new and long-standing stallholders, shining a light on the the creativity and diversity of local independent makers and producers. The day was a great success with live music, delicious themed treats, giveaways and a visit from the Mayor of Merton. A big thank you to local independent business Quality Stitch, who repurposed Love Wimbledon fabric to make beautiful buntings for the occasion.

Click here to read the stories behind the stalls with some of our amazing stallholders who have been part of the evolution of our market over the last 10 years.


From our very first market in 2013 with just 11 stalls, we have become such a popular market in south west London for both stallholders and visitors, and we now host 27 stalls each month.  Over those years, we have developed a wonderful sense of community with local residents becoming regulars for many of our stallholders and market.

– Tracy Francis, Piazza Manager