Scotland has banned plastic cotton buds as part of a wider programme to tackle the country’s “throwaway culture”.  The legislation – the first of its kind in the UK – prohibits the manufacture and sale of the widely used household products.

The Marine Conservation Society, which reports it has removed around 150,000 plastic cotton buds from Scottish beaches over the past 25 years, welcomed the move, saying: “We look forward to more ambitious action from the Scottish government and to working with them on future actions needed to stop the plastic tide.”

In England, a law to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds from April 2020 is due to come into effect following a consultation, with initial feedback showing strong public support to clamp down on the circa 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds that are used annually in the country.

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Scotland has banned plastic cotton buds as part of a wider programme to tackle the country’s “throwaway culture”.  The legislation – the first of its kind in the UK – prohibits the manufacture and sale of the widely used household products.

The Marine Conservation Society, which reports it has removed around 150,000 plastic cotton buds from Scottish beaches over the past 25 years, welcomed the move, saying: “We look forward to more ambitious action from the Scottish government and to working with them on future actions needed to stop the plastic tide.”

In England, a law to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds from April 2020 is due to come into effect following a consultation, with initial feedback showing strong public support to clamp down on the circa 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds that are used annually in the country.

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