11 Jan '18, 4pm

Scotland Readies Ban on Plastic Cotton Buds

To combat the growing problem of plastic pollution in the ocean , the Scottish government plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic -stemmed cotton buds. According to the UK's Marine Conservation Society , plastic cotton buds, which are often flushed down the toilet and can pass through sewage treatment plants, are consistently listed in the top 10 items found during beach clean-ups and litter surveys. “Banning plastic cotton buds would be a clear sign of our ambition to address marine plastics and demonstrate further leadership on this issue," Scotland's Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said. "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 945 million liters of waste water each day. These systems are not designed t...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-cotton-buds-scotland-252...

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