Defra's plan to ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers and Cotton Buds

Michael Gove confirms plans

Environment secretary Michael Gove confirms Defra's plans

to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

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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