Queen bans plastic straws and bottles on Royal estates

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Caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will now reportedly only use china plates and glasses or recyclable paper cups

The Queen has banned plastic straws and bottles from the Royal estates.

Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a strong desire to tackle the issue at the highest levels of the Royal household, according to The Telegraph.

Measures includes gradually phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and banning them altogether in staff dining rooms.

Caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will now reportedly only use china plates and glasses or recyclable paper cups.

Andy Dobson, operations director at Total Recycling Services, said: “Every household or organisation using plastics has the potential to impact on the environment. Recent press coverage has highlighted this as a global issue. If the Queen can put her house, or palace, in order - why can’t everyone else?”

The UK uses around 70m single use plastic straws every year.

Dobson added: “There are other materials available to manufacture straws from, but at the moment there is an issue of price and the re-use of contaminated recyclables such as paper which could be an alternative."



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