The Government has set out its plan to prohibit the distribution and sale of plastic straws, beverages stirrers and cotton buds to offer protection to our rivers and seas.

The plan is matter to a session introduced through Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

In England, it’s estimated that yearly we use 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds. An estimated 10% of cotton buds are flushed down bathrooms and will finally end up in waterways and oceans.

Even although non-plastic choices are readily to be had, those single-use plastic pieces are used for only a few mins however take loads of years to damage down. Cleaning up the results of littering prices native Government tens of millions of kilos once a year.

In order to get rid of this stuff from use, the Government intends to introduce a ban on their distribution and sale. The ban would come into drive in the future between October 2019 and October 2020, matter to the perspectives gathered all the way through session.

We recognise there are circumstances the place the usage of plastic straws is important for scientific causes and our session seeks perspectives on how to verify those that want straws for scientific and accessibility causes can nonetheless use them. For instance, pharmacies will nonetheless have the ability to promote plastic straws and eating places, pubs and bars will have the ability to inventory some straws to be used on request. The Government will paintings intently with stakeholders to verify those exemptions are crafted precisely proper.

Launching the session, Environment Secretary Michael Gove mentioned: “Our valuable oceans and the natural world inside want pressing coverage from the devastation throw-away plastic pieces may cause.

“In England we’re taking world-leading motion with our ban on microbeads, and because of the general public’s strengthen have taken over 15 billion plastic luggage out of stream with our 5p price.

“I commend retailers, bars and restaurants that have already committed to removing plastic straws and stirrers. But we recognise we need to do more.”