Plastic-stemmed cotton buds now banned in Scotland

The move follows concerns about people continuing to flush them down toilets, which contribute to the global marine plastic pollution issue

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Ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England from April 2020

The government said it received ‘overwhelming public support’ for the move

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

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

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation on the proposals

EU proposes banning plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds

They are among the 10 single-use plastic products targeted that are said to be most often found on Europe’s beaches

UK Government to ban plastic straws and cotton buds

It is part of the government’s efforts to reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans