Britain To Ban Certain Single-Use Plastic Products

Connector Spring 2018

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use plastic products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton swabs would also be banned under the plans. Scotland has already said it will ban the sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds by the end of next year.

It’s estimated that 8.5 billion straws are disposed of in the United Kingdom every year.

Prime Minister May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action”.

Britain committed 61.4 million pounds ($110 million Cdn) at the recent Commonwealth summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said. “Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

Source: CBC News