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Plastic straw ban ‘shows leadership’

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David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, has said the Government’s plan to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds will tackle a “prevailing culture” of on-the-go consumption and littering.

Prime minister Theresa May announced the ban ahead of a meeting with the heads of Commonwealth countries.

A consultation on the ban will be launched later this year. A Government statement read: “In order to eliminate these items from use, the Government will work with industry to develop alternatives and ensure there is sufficient time to adapt.

“It will also propose excluding plastic straws for medical reasons.”

Environment secretary Michael Gove has also indicated that a forthcoming deposit return scheme (DRS) will tackle on-the-go recycling. This could mean that larger bottles will still be recycled mainly through local authority household services.

Suez supports a DRS that focuses on smaller bottles in order to boost on-the-go recycling, with reverse vending machines being installed at retail outlets.

Palmer-Jones said the Government was showing “strong leadership”.

He added: “Gove’s acknowledgment that targeting Britain’s prevailing culture of on-the-go consumption, particularly of plastic bottles, is key to both reducing waste and tackling our litter problems.”

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