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Jan 22, 2018

Scotland's Plastic Cotton Bud Ban


Scotland to become first UK country to ban plastic cotton buds.

 

 

Launching a public consultation on the proposed ban, Scotland’s environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “Banning plastic cotton buds would be a clear sign of our ambition to address marine plastics and demonstrate further leadership on this issue.”

“Despite various campaigns, people are continuing to flush litter down their toilets and this has to stop. Scotland’s sewerage infrastructure collects and treats some 945m litres of waste water each day. These systems are not designed to remove small plastic items such as plastic buds, which can kill marine animals and birds that swallow them.”

 

The move, which would make Scotland the first country in the UK to impose an outright ban on the product, follows concerns about the number of buds being washed up on beaches after being flushed down toilets.

 

Although most big retailers have switched to biodegradable paper-stemmed buds, imported plastic brands continue to be sold by smaller outlets.

 

The environmental charity Fidra, which runs the Cotton Bud Project in East Lothian, found hundreds of buds on a large stretch of shore on the award-winning Gullane beach in a recent clean-up operation.

 

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