Scotland ban on plastic cotton buds expected

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An MCS report showed Scottish beach letter had increased by 7% in the last year

The Scottish government plans to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds, making it the first UK country to legislate against the products.

Proposals will be put to public consultation, according to environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

Plastic cotton buds are consistently listed in the top forms of beach litter in surveys by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Cunningham said: “Banning plastic cotton buds would be a clear sign of our ambition to address marine plastics and demonstrate further leadership.

“These products are completely unnecessary as biodegradable alternatives are readily available. The need for action is clear and I would encourage everyone with an interest in safeguarding our natural environment to take part in the consultation when it opens.”

An MCS report showed Scottish beach letter had increased by 7% in the last year.


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