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Legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds enters UK Parliament

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 3, 2020
The legislation to ban the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be laid in UK Parliament today.
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In England, it is estimated that use 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic stemmed cotton buds every year. An estimated 10% of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans and threaten precious marine wildlife.

Topics: Ban plastic straw UK

Following a public consultation in Autumn 2018 which saw huge support, the Government confirmed in May 2019 that it would implement a ban with exceptions to ensure that those with medical needs or a disability are able to access plastic straws.

In a bid to strike the right balance between reducing environmental impact while protecting the rights of people with medical conditions and disabilities, registered pharmacies will be allowed to sell plastic straws over the counter or online. Catering establishments such as restaurants, pubs and bars will not be able to display plastic straws, automatically hand them out, or offer them however, these establishments will be able to provide them on request.

The Government will carry out a stocktake after one year to assess the impact of these measures and whether the balance is correct.


 

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