Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Billions of plastic stirrers, straws, cotton wool buds could be banned as early as next year, Theresa May will say today as part of a bid to rid the world of all single use plastic. The Prime Minister will use the announcement to call on all other Commonwealth countries to join in the fight against plastic pollution at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London. The ban - which will not include plastic straws required for medical reasons - could be in place by next year, sources said. Official figures show that Britons use 44 billion plastic stirrers and 42 billion plastic straws every year. Mrs May will today describe plastic waste as "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world". She will say: "The UK government is a world leader on this issue, and the British public have shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban.