Industry welcomes plastic straw ban

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed news this week that a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds will come into force in England from next April. following overwhelming public support for the move.

The ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or a disability are able to continue to access plastic straws.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “It’s important we all do our bit to reduce plastic waste and that is why we welcome the Government’s ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

“It is important that the ban recognises the needs of customers with a disability who require plastic straws, so pubs will still be able to provide them on request. We will work with the Government to ensure that the right guidance is put in place for this.

“The ban will build on the great work already done by pubs to reduce their waste plastic. Publicans looking for advice on alternatives to plastic straws specifically, can also read our guidance.”