EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastics

The throwaway plastics to be banned from 2021 include straws, cutlery, plates, balloon sticks and cotton buds

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Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England in a year

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation on the proposals

Half marathon in London bans plastic bottles

Runners at Harrow Half Marathon will instead be given edible biodegradable water sachets made from seaweed

Mexico’s President-elect promises to ban fracking

Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the country would no longer use the method to extract oil and gas supplies

EU bans halogen bulbs in favour of greener LEDs

LEDs are more expensive in the short-term but cheaper over an extended period

Majority of Brits ‘oppose wet wipe ban’

A new survey of 1,000 people found 31% admit to having flushed wet wipes down the toilet

Albania bans lightweight plastic bags

Those who break the law by importing, making or selling such bags could be fined more than £1,000

Shell CEO backs UK’s 2040 petrol and diesel ban being brought forward

Ben van Beurden said a closer date would help provide clarity for energy companies

Ofgem extends ban on small energy supplier Iresa

The company is still prohibited from accepting new customers