UK May Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds And Drink Stirrers

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The UK government is prepared to ban the sale of plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers in England to help cut plastic waste.

Prime Minister Theresa May said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world" and the UK was taking a lead in tackling the problem.

A consultation on banning disposable plastic waste will start later this year in an effort.

"The British public have shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban, and today we have put forward ambitious plans to further reduce plastic waste from straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

"Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it."

Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year, contributing to more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world's oceans.

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