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Consultation on proposals to ban plastic straws

25 October 2018

Consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic - stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

Respond to this consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers.

However, in relation to plastic straws, it wants your views on how best to provide for exemptions to maintain access to their supply for any groups of people that might need them (such as those with specific medical or other accessibility needs).

Plastic medical- enabling straws are used to administer (durably and safely) pre-dosed granular medicines in hospitals and homes for example, whilst flexible plastic straws are used to assist/enable drinks and liquid food consumption in older adults and people with specific accessibility needs.

The consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes 3 December 2018.

Consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic - stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

Quotes from the impact assessment on banning plastic straws.

“Conversely, for some of the population, plastic drinking straws are necessity either for medical purposes or to allow accessibility in every days to hot and cold beverages and liquid food.”

“Plastic-free single-use alternatives already exist in the market for some types of products. For example, paper-based straws are available for certain types of drinking straws, and these can be laminated to improve their strength. There is a developing market for single-use straws made of bio-based materials such as Polylactic Acid (PLA) and these items are being sold to some sectors of the catering industry.”

“A recent YouGov report found that the ‘public are overwhelmingly supportive of banning’ “problem plastics”, with 77% in favour of banning plastic drinking straws. This finding suggests that the negative impacts associated with plastic straws are being experienced on a large scale by the public, and therefore that intervention is appropriate.”