Environment Minister Michael Gove said that it is "vital" for the government to prevent further pollution of the environment.
The government said that the UK will prohibit the sale of plastic straws and plastic sticks to stir drinks (also called coffee stirrers) that pollute the seas and rivers. Commenting on this news, Environment Minister Michael Gove said that "it is vitally important to act now" in order to abandon the use of straws, 8.5 billion of which are thrown out annually.
The announcement followed other equally big decisions designed to reduce the use of plastic in the country. In particular, the government is working on the idea of introducing a tax on disposable plastic cups in the amount of 25 pence, since it is practically impossible to efficiently process them. To this idea of the government, some shops and supermarkets has already listened to, for example, Waitrose will no longer treat its customers with hot drinks in disposable cups.