Plastic: Welsh Government considers banning straws and cotton buds

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Plans to ban single-use plastic items including straws, cotton buds and polystyrene food and drinks containers is being considered by the Welsh Government.

It wants a zero waste Wales by 2050.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn will launch a public consultation on the proposals at a beach clean on Anglesey on Thursday.

The Welsh Government said as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease, littering has become more prominent.

More and more restaurants and shops are banning plastic straws

Ms Blythyn said: “Plastic pollution and the impact it has on our environment is regularly highlighted in the media, online and in conversations I have every day with people across Wales.

“It blights our communities and has a devastating impact on our wildlife.”

Lesley Jones, CEO of Keep Wales Tidy, welcomed the launch of the consultation, saying: “The damage caused by plastics is far reaching and we are eager to see a drive towards reusable alternatives across society.”

She said she hoped the consultation would “lead to a series of bold policy actions by government to reduce plastic at source”.