Scotland plans to ban plastic straws by end of 2019

Posted on February 18, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Straws

Scotland is set to become the first UK nation to ban plastic straws, as part of plans to cut down on single-use plastics. The move follows the announcement that the Scottish Government is outlawing the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds, one of the most prevalent waste items found on beaches.

Source: Scotland plans to ban plastic straws by end of 2019

Ms Cunningham said that while it was not as simple as producing “a long list” of plastic products to ban, she would like to expand restrictions to other forms of plastic that commonly pollute the environment.

“I would hope to have, by the end of this parliament, more than just plastic cotton buds and straws done,” she said.

“It’s a continuing process.”

This is one of the easiest items to eliminate from our society.  There are ready alternates already in place.  Paper straws.  The plastic straw is the most common whole item found by the volunteer group BeachPatrol in Australia.