The I Am Reusable campaign group in York has called on the Prime Minister to speed up the proposed ban on plastic such as straws and cotton buds.
Teresa May has outlined plans to consult on banning the plastic items by the end of the year. She said plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world”.
The I Am Reusable group in York welcomed the proposal but told The Yorkie banning things like straws and disposable coffee cups needed to happen much more quickly. “We can get rid of straws overnight,” said one of the founders, John McGall. “We all have to educate and change. It’s a bit like the carrier bag. Everyone was in uproar but now, people have changed so it’s the same with the coffee cup.
“Hopefully in a year’s time, if you’ve got a disposable coffee cup it’ll be frowned upon. We’ve all got to change,” he added.
According to the Marine Conservation Society, 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws are used and discarded in Britain every year. They are one of the most common items found during beach cleans, and take more than 200 years to break down.
A number of businesses have already pledged to stop using straws, including Turtle Bay in York.