Environment secretary Michael Gove confirms Defra’s plans

Environment secretary Michael Gove repeated his promise to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds at a Westminster school last week.

Speaking to the children at Wilberforce Primary, Gove explained the steps being taken by government to reduce single-use plastic.

Defra announced in October it would be launching a consultation looking at the finer details of the ban and when it will come into force.

Annually the UK uses 4.7bn plastic straws, 316m plastic stirrers and 1.8bn plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

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