Parliament Backs Ban On Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Buds

(Alliance News) - A ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England has been approved ...

Alliance News 10 July, 2020 | 4:46PM
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(Alliance News) - A ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England has been approved by Parliament.

The throwaway items were due to be banned from April but the implementation of the law change was delayed by six months, with the government citing the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason.

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith of Richmond Park said plastic can "persist in the environment for hundreds of years", adding straws can endanger animals as they can be mistaken for food.

He told the Lords: "Our current data shows that we use a staggering 4.7 billion straws, 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds and 316 million plastic stirrers every year in England."

Goldsmith said the regulations are expected to reduce the use of these products by 95%.

Exemptions from the ban will be in place, including for those who need to use plastic straws for medical reasons or a disability – which will be available to buy at registered pharmacies or can be requested in restaurants, pubs and bars.

Peers offered their support to the regulations, which were supported by MPs last month.

source: PA

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