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Plastics: Seas and Oceans

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 278437, tabled on 17 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of plastic straws on trends in levels of the ocean plastic pollution.

Answered on

30 July 2019

A public consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England was held between October and December 2018.

A consultation stage impact assessment was conducted, which considered levels of plastic straws polluting beaches and the ocean. It can be found online on the Government’s website:

Following this consultation, we will be introducing a ban on the supply of single-use plastic straws (with exemptions), plastic drink stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds to the end user in April 2020. A final impact assessment will be produced in due course.