23 April 2018
A recent government proposition might bring to an end the manufacturing and selling of cotton buds and plastic straws in the UK.
As stated by the Minister, somewhere around 8.5bn of straws and buds are being thrown into the bin on a yearly basis, and considering plastic waste is one of the most worrying environmental concerns worldwide, a potential ban is understandable.
Prime Minister Theresa May has set as goal to convince those attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to follow the UK’s example in addressing this issue.
The Queen has also addressed the problem at a Buckingham Palace event to presidents and prime ministers from 53 states.
May continues to claim that the UK was a world leader in combating waste disposal, discussing the charges presented for plastic bags, drink containers deposit returns and micro beads bans. She believes that as long as countries part of the Commonwealth partake in these actions, pollution effects can be reduced with far better and reaching prospects for future generations.
Michael Gove, environment secretary, also talks about plastic waste as a global crisis. However, the system that is currently discussed within the country’s environmental protection movements it said to not come into effect sooner than 2020.
An impressive number of UK festivals have started to take matters into their own hands by banning plastic straws this year after hearing Gove raising a red flag regarding the country’s plastic waste emergency.
In the meantime companies always have the option of using recycling solutions to deal with their plastic waste, fast food / restaurants in particular can invest in a plastic baler to save money, time and space.
Are Cotton Buds and Plastic Straws Getting Banned?