Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned in venues across Gedling borough from next April as the war against plastic pollution ramps up.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items from April 2020 after a recent consultation revealed “overwhelming” public support for the move.
Once the plastic straw ban comes into force, food and drink outlets will be unable to display them or provide them to customers.
The only exceptions include those who need to use plastic straws for medical reasons or a disability will be able to buy them from registered pharmacies or request them in restaurants, pubs and bars, and the use of plastic-stemmed cotton buds for medical and scientific purposes.
Mr Gove said: “Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment.
“These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.
As well as helping the environment, it is hoped that millions of pounds could be saved annually on clean-up efforts of used plastics.
A number of venues across the borough have already stopped offering plastic straws to customers.
Last year It’s Inn The Bank in Netherfield announced plastic straws wouldn’t be on offer with a biodegradable alternative being available instead.
Wetherspoons venues like The Free Man in Carlton, The Woodthorpe Top in Mapperley and The Ernhale in Arnold have also stopped handing out plastic straws with drinks.
A disability charity has now praised the ban, saying the new laws clearly take into account the needs of disabled people.
Lauren West, from Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “Plastic straws are sometimes the only type of straw that work for disabled people due to their flexibility and ability to be used in hot and cold drinks.
“We’re pleased the government has recognised this in its proposals put forward today.”