Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year
Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could be banned within a year under government plans to cut pollution, Michael Gove is to announce.
The government is seeking to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, plastic stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds to try to force businesses to offer readily available non-plastic alternatives.
The ban would come into force at some point between October 2019 and October 2020, subject to the views collected during consultation. Mindful that the use of plastic straws can be necessary for medical reasons, exemptions will be included in any legislation.
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