England ban on plastic straws and cotton buds proposed

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The proposals must become action, he said via Twitter, and the government should bring forward its "utterly unambitious" target of eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042.

The UK uses 13.2 billion cotton buds a year, more than any other member of the European Union, as well as 44.1 billion stirrers and 42 billion straws, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Government ministers claim 8.5 billion straws are thrown away every year, with the prime Minister declaring plastic pollution as "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world".

The movement against the use of plastic straws has recently been gathering momentum - particularly within the drinks industry.

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Starbucks, with 951 coffee houses in the United Kingdom, has removed all straws and plastic cutlery from their stores to force customers to request them.

However, in January, Theresa May announced a new plan to fight plastic waste, including the introduction of paid plastic bags to all businesses in England.

"The Commonwealth is a unique organisation with a huge diversity of wildlife, and environments - so it is vital we act now", May is expected to say, as per The Guardian. UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged that she would encourage Commonwealth countries to join the UK's "world leading" efforts to tackle plastic waste.

The move is aimed at protecting rivers and oceans from the growing problem of plastic pollution.

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Leaders from the Commonwealth - a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - are meeting in London this week. It will also propose excluding plastic straws for medical reasons.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who trailed the idea of a banning plastic straws in February, will launch the consultation later this year.

The country announced last month that a deposit on plastic bottles that would require consumers to pay extra for single-use containers will be implemented.

"A deposit scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans, together with progressive policies to extend producers' responsibility for their products and packaging beyond consumption, could well make Britain an global leader in resource -efficiency and environmental protection".

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