The sale and distribution of more than 4.7bn straws used in restaurants and bars annually will be prohibited under the proposals Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned within a year under Government plans, Michael Gove will announce today as part of the war on throwaway plastics. The sale and distribution of more than 4.7bn straws used in restaurants and bars annually will be prohibited under the proposals, which are due to come into effect between October 2019 and 2020. Last night the Environment Secretary said the ban was a significant step in the fight to tackle the “devastation” caused to the world’s oceans, as he pledged to leave the environment in a better state for future generations. “Today we step-up our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution and ensure we leave our environment in a better…

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