The 'plastic straw ban', a law in England which was originally due to come into effect back in April 2020, but was paused due to Covid-19, is now in full effect. The new law stops businesses from supplying customers with plastic straws as well as plastic stirrers and cotton buds - with some exceptions.
April had been the original deadline for the new legislation, which prevents the sale and distribution of the single-use plastic items, but coming in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on supply chains, the government decided to postpone the ban until now - October 2020.
As of yesterday, it is now officially illegal in almost all circumstances for businesses to provide or supply their customers with plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. There are some exemptions for hospitals and other medial facilities that may require them for disabled patients and those with medical conditions.
Despite the delay, Environment Secretary George Eustice says Number 10 is "firmly committed to tackling" the problem of single-use plastics.
"The ban on straws, stirrers and cotton buds is just the next step in our battle against plastic pollution and our pledge to protect our ocean and the environment for future generations.
"We are already a world-leader in this global effort. Our five-pence charge on single-use plastic bags has successfully cut sales by 95% in the main supermarkets, we have banned microbeads, and we are building plans for a deposit return scheme to drive up the recycling of single-use drinks containers."
Pre-pandemic, Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said the UK was getting through almost five billion straws annually as well as 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion cotton buds.
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