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Cotton Bud And Plastic Straw Ban Proposal
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Cotton Bud And Plastic Straw Ban Proposal

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Cotton buds and plastic straws will potentially be banned in England as apart of the government's aim to reduce plastic waste, according to a recent BBC report.

Making a consultation announcement on a prospective ban, ministers have stated that 8.5bn plastic straws were being discarded in the UK each year.

Plastic waste is "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world", according to the prime minister.

Theresa May is to urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, that will begin later, to follow the UK's method in dealing with the issue.

The summit will be formally opened by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace event that'll be attended by presidents and prime ministers from all 53 states that form the organisation.

Mrs May has said that the UK was a "world leader" in tackling plastic waste, underlining the charges that have been introduced for plastic bags, the microbead ban and the March announcement of a consultation on introducing a drinks containers deposit return scheme for England's drinks containers.

May said that, "Alongside our domestic action, this week we are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastics,"

"The Commonwealth is a unique organisation, with a huge diversity of wildlife, environments and coastlines.

"Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it."

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