Plastic straw ban is possible, suggests Michael Gove

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Plastics straws could possibly be banned in Britain, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested.

The Daily Telegraph asked Mr Gove if he would prohibit plastic straws, and he replied, “Watch this space”.

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He added that there needed to be a balanced approach but said that “if it is bad, then banning it is a good thing”.  

According to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK uses 8.5 billion straws annually, and are among the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups. 

Discussing the ban, the Environment Secretary said that it would be easier done post-Brexit, as being in the EU meant that there are some environmental steps that cannot be taken.   

Following the Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that she wanted to eliminate all avoidable plastic within 25 years, a number of restaurants including JD Wetherspoon, Wagamama and Pizza Express have all phased out plastic straws, and made alternative material straws available only by request. 

 

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