Britain wants to ban straws and cotton swabs by the end of 2018

Britain wants to ban straws and cotton swabs by the end of 2018

Illustration of fruit juice with plastic straws. – SUPERSTOCK / SUPERSTOCK / SIPA
The Britain in turn attacks the scourge of plastic waste: UK Minister for the Environment, Michael Gove announced Thursday on the BBC want to ban straws, plastic cups and swabs by the end of the year.

In the program today: Michael Gove on protecting the oceans by banning plastic straws; Keir Starmer on the government’s Lords defeat on Brexit; and Leonard Bernstein ‘s daughter 100 years since his birth. # r4today pic.twitter.com/iiKouvScRT – BBC Radio 4 Today (@ BBCr4today) April 19, 2018

The minister said it was “a global emergency” threatening marine wildlife. This ban will come into effect by the end of the year in the form of “a law”, he said.

Fantastic news. Thank you @theresa_may ! pic.twitter.com/WIer3UgGvB – Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) April 19, 2018

Prior consultation

A consultation will be launched earlier this year on the ban on plastic single use in England, according to a statement issued by the services of the Prime Minister Theresa May. Exceptions would be provided, such as the use of straws in a medical setting.

Some 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK, the statement said.

Michael Gove: “We only have one planet.” We’ve got to make sure we’re going to be able to use it. Read more: https://t.co/ZEcKkij2mF pic.twitter.com/wJNubCHUpP – The Telegraph (@Telegraph) April 19, 2018

Pay bags and instructions

In January, Theresa May announced a new plan for the fight against plastic waste, also providing for the plastic bags paid to all businesses in England. The current legislation only concerns supermarkets whose customers must pay 5 pence (5.7 eurocents) per bag.

His Government also wished to establish a deposit system on plastic bottles, As it already exists in other European countries.

Theresa May plans to call on other states attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London to join the fight against plastic waste.

>> To read also: World Day without plastic bags: Are the prohibitions respected? >> To read also: #Baslespailles: And if we banned plastic straws in France?

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