5 months ago
The UK government has banned three key single use items: plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds, which will come into effect in April 2020.
Shops will not be allowed to sell straws. Bars and restaurants will not be allowed to display straws or hand them out unless asked. Straws will still be available from registered pharmacies and in bars and restaurants for medical purposes. It is expected that the number of straws used will fall from 4.6 billion to 44 million per year.
Plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned, preventing the use of 316 million every year.
Plastic stemmed cotton buds will not be available to the public, and will only be allowed for use in research and forensics.
The ban is a big win for the environment. Used only for a few minutes and then thrown away, these single use items last hundreds of years and can affect hundreds of animals.
The ban shows that the government is starting to think seriously about the issue of plastic pollution and listen to the public.
The question is, why don’t we ban all single-use plastic items?