Legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds enters Parliament

Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed the introduction of legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds enters Parliament.

The ban will ensure that less single-use plastics enter the environment, whilst protecting those with medical requirements or disabilities.

Cherilyn said:

“I am a keen campaigner on environmental issues and this fight against single use plastic is one I followed since long before I became an MP.”

“I pay tribute to St Agnes-based Surfers Against Sewage for their work with Parliamentary colleagues in the Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group over recent years to highlight the issues with single-use plastic, and now I am a member of this group, look forward to continuing with the quest to live more sustainably in the future.”

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:

“We must turn the tide on the widespread use of single-use plastics and the threat they pose to our natural environments. Our ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds is yet another measure to clamp down on unnecessary plastic so we can better protect our precious wildlife and leave our environment in a better state for future generations.”

“This ban strikes the right balance, ensuring that we accommodate those with medical needs or disabilities while also protecting the environment.”

“The ban on straws, stirrers and cotton buds is just one of a range of measures to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste, underpinned by the government’s landmark Resources and Waste Strategy. Other key government actions include a world-leading ban on microbeads, introducing a 5p charge on plastic bags in major supermarkets which has reduced usage by 90%, and consulting on introducing a deposit return scheme to drive-up the recycling of drinks containers.”