The last straw: BBPA backs plastic ban

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The British Beer and Pub Association has thrown its support behind the government’s initiative to ban plastic straws and stirrers across the UK pub sector.

Building on a successful voluntary programme of plastic reduction, the new ruling also follows the Last Straw campaign, supported by the BBPA.

“It is important we all do our bit to reduce plastic waste,” said CEO Brigid Simmonds. “That is why we welcome the government’s proposals to ban plastic straws and stirrers.

“To help pubs reduce their plastic waste we have already produced guidance for licensees as well.”

As well as reflecting ecological concerns, the ban reflects consumer demand,  with the British pub sector already engaging in ‘on- demand’ straw provision, and alternative material usage.

The Last Straw, launched in 2018, featured a joint campaign by the BBPA and the British Institute of Innkeepers to cut plastic consumption across the country.

The association called for a industry-wide ban on straws for the retail and hospitality food and drink sector.

The government proposal follows prolonged engagement from the BBPA to limit plastic consumption, adding that the ban should cover all types of plastic straws, including compostable and biodegradable plastic straws.

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