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According to a study by The Sun round 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year, potentially contributing to over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans.
It is estimated that 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used each year in England.
Around ten per cent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets, often ending up in waterways and oceans, the Government said.
In 2018 Theresa May urged Commonwealth leaders gathered in London to follow the UK's example with a sweeping ban.
The move also follows new rules introduced in 2016 ago forcing customers to pay a 5p charge for plastic bags, which drastically reduced the number of bags being used.