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Corporate Social Responsibility / 22 May 2019

BBPA welcomes ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed a ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds, which will come into force in April 2020.

The ban will build on voluntary initiatives already made by the pub sector – such as the Last Straw campaign, in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeeping – to remove plastic straws and stirrers.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“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.”

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