UK Government launches plans to ban plastics

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A move to ban all plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers has just recently been made by the UK government. Earlier this year, UK Prime Minister announced that the government was considering making plans to ban all plastic straws. The plan which was introduced on the 22nd of October 2018 is said to come into effect between October 2019 and October 2020.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Our precious oceans and the wildlife within need urgent protection from the devastation throw-away plastic items can cause.”

“In England we are taking world-leading action with our ban on microbeads, and thanks to the public’s support have taken over 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation with our 5p charge.”

“I commend retailers, bars and restaurants that have already committed to removing plastic straws and stirrers. But we recognize we need to do more. Today we step up our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution and ensure we leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it.”

An estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are being used in England every year. These plastics take hundreds of years to decompose leaving the government spending millions in an attempt to clean up the effects.

£61.4m (US$80m) will be used to fund the global research, and help countries stop plastic pollutions.

According to Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome this consultation on an issue of vital importance and one which hospitality has already taken significant action.

“Since UK Hospitality’s Unpack the Future of Hospitality summit in the spring, thousands of pubs clubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK have changed their straws and stirrers to biodegradables, or adopted policies that cut or eliminate their use in their venues. “The government is seeking views on how we can cut plastic waste and we look forward to continued engagement to play a part in achieving that goal.”

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