Michael Gove Hints At Plastic Straw Ban Post-Brexit

Michael Gove Hints At Plastic Straw Ban Post-Brexit

Michael Gove Hints At Plastic Straw Ban Post-Brexit

The news came after Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, stated that there was "some concern" that Europe might prevent the United Kingdom from introducing a ban on plastic straws.

The UK uses an estimated 8.5 billion straws a year, and they are one of the most common items found during beach clean-ups.

Top officials from Britain and the European Union traded Twitter barbs Friday over who would do most for the environment after Brexit, in a spat over proposals to ban plastic straws.

The spokesman for Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs noted the government's committment to eliminating avoidable plastic by 2042, adding: "We are exploring a range of options".

Franz Timmermans, the deputy to EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker, pointed out that the EU was already planning to ban the straws later this year.

MSP Kate Forbes has also recently urged public bodies and companies to crack down on plastic straws and other single-use plastics to save the environment.

When asked about a ban by the Daily Telegraph, Gove said: "Watch this space".

The Marine Conservation reports that around 8.5 billion strays are used in the United Kingdom every year and that they are a common item found in beach clean-ups.

Writing in the Evening Standard recently, Mr Gove highlighted how an "overwhelming majority" of plastic straws "end up in landfill or clogging up our rivers and oceans". If they did not exist, there would be scant reason to invent them'. Costa is set to remove plastic straws from outlets this year while Pret A Manger and Wagamama would only offer plastic straws on request.

Meanwhile, official figures revealed purchase of straws by the British parliament had doubled in the last three years. According to the campaign group, Refuse The Straw, straws can take over 200 years to break down.

The launch of the 25-year environment plan follows a ban on the use of plastic microbeads to reduce plastic pollution entering the world's oceans.

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