FPA RESPONDS TO DEFRA CONSULTATION ON BANNING PLASTIC STRAWS & STIRRERS
FPA RESPONDS TO DEFRA CONSULTATION ON BANNING PLASTIC STRAWS STIRRERS AND COTTON BUDS
22 October 2018
Executive Director Martin Kersh comments:
“Today’s announcement of the consultation by Defra and Statement by Michael Gove come as no surprise and coincide with the EU debate today and tomorrow over the amends to the Single Use Plastic Directive. Today’s announcements reinforce that the UK will be following that direction in banning plastic straws, stirrers, cotton buds and balloon sticks.
We sincerely hope that plastics straws are still made available for consumers with disabilities and special requirements to purchase in approved outlets and in pubs, hotels and bars, so those consumers can still enjoy going out with friends and family, as there clear scenarios where plastic straws are the best option. For example, we feel plastic straws, in conjunction with beverage cartons, remain the safest way of providing school milk and wonder if any other format will work in this context.
We would like to see Government devote its attentions to the bigger picture in enabling more recycling to take place in the UK. This can only be achieved by reforming our PRN system and should be the priority given the EU Directive timeline which is about to be passed will include a plastic straws ban anyway. We therefore reemphasise our call for PRN reform and urge the Government to speed this up – if PRN reform were in hand then there would be no need for bans of this kind.”
Issued on behalf of the Foodservice Packaging Association by Leapfrog PR. Editorial contact is Felicity@Leapfrogpr.com or call 01242 282000 or mobile 07887 608353