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US NewsBan on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England

04:50  22 may  2019
04:50  22 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that plastic straws , stirrers , and cotton buds could be banned under a new campaign to limit the use of single-use The items could be ditched in England , with the prime minister announcing a consultation on a potential ban to launch later this year.

It is estimated that 4.7bn plastic straws , 316m plastic stirrers and 1.8bn plastic -stemmed cotton buds are used in England each year. Cotton buds can cost local governments millions to clean up from waterways. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA. The government is seeking to ban the distribution

Michael Gove is taking action on plastic pollution by banning plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England from next spring.

The Environment Secretary has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items from April 2020 after a consultation revealed "overwhelming" public support for the move.

Around 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are thought to be used in England each year.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that plastic straws , stirrers , and cotton buds could be banned under a new campaign to limit the use of single-use The items could be ditched in England , with the prime minister announcing a consultation on a potential ban to launch later this year.

"Single-use plastic items such as straws , stirrers and plastic -stemmed cotton buds have a significant impact on our environment, both "The government has made a strong move on banning some of the most unnecessary single-use plastics ," Edge said in a statement emailed to Mashable.

Following the ban, food and drink outlets will be unable to display plastic straws or provide them to customers.

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England © Imagebridge Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items from April 2020 The only exceptions include those who need to use plastic straws for medical reasons or a disability will be able to buy them from registered pharmacies or request them in restaurants, pubs and bars, and the use of plastic-stemmed cotton buds for medical and scientific purposes.

Mr Gove said: "Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment.

"These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.

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The ban , which is subject to a consultation launched Monday, would be enforced "at some point between October 2019 and October 2020". In England alone, the government said that people use an estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws , 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion

Cotton buds , drink stirrers and cotton buds are set to be banned after the government announced a consultation into some of the most prevalent throwaway plastics . The country works its way through 8.5 billion plastic straws every year and pressure for a ban across the UK has increased in recent weeks

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England © Other Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned in England from next April "So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations."

The government's response to the consultation, published on Wednesday, reveals that more than 80% of respondents back a ban on the distribution and sale of plastic straws.

Additionally, 90% backed a ban on drinks stirrers and 89% a ban on cotton buds.

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It is hoped that millions of pounds could be saved annually on clean-up efforts of used plastics.

An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year, while one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Chief executive of Sky plc, Jeremy Darroch, said: "Single use plastic is a disease of our own making. We're working hard to get rid of it and completely agree with Michael Gove that urgent and decisive action is needed."

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England © Getty Plastic bags and debris floating in the sea Surfers Against Sewage chief executive Hugo Tagholm also welcomed the ban.

He said: "Stopping the production and distribution of these single-use plastic menaces will prevent them from polluting beaches nationwide. It's a really positive and bold step in the right direction in the battle against plastic pollution.

"It is also helps further drive plastic-free options and alternatives for the public so they can truly make more sustainable choices in their daily lives."

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England © Other A turtle tangled in plastic Lauren West, from Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: "Plastic straws are sometimes the only type of straw that work for disabled people due to their flexibility and ability to be used in hot and cold drinks.

"We're pleased the government has recognised this in its proposals put forward today."

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