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England Bans Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Buds From April

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

8:38 AM - 22 May 2019



Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds are going to be banned in England from next April.

A government consultation there shows there's been "overwhelming" public support for the plans.

Those who need to use plastic straws for medical reasons will still be able to access them, but they won't be automatically handed out in food and drink outlets.

A similar move will soon be introduced in Ireland.

In March the European Parliament voted to ban single use plastics by the year 2021 and yesterday, the European Council officially approved the move

From June, Ireland will have two years to introduce new legislation banning 10 items including single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks & cotton buds.

An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year, while one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

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