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We want to know what you think about banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England. These single use plastics are associated with negative effects on the environment if they are littered or discarded incorrectly after their use. Not only do they damage terrestrial and marine life, there are costs associated with their clean-up and consequences for the tourism and fishing industries.
The government wants to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. We outlined the steps we will be taking to achieve that in our 25 year environment plan, including new measures to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste.