UK parliament to ban non-recyclable plastics

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The UK parliament is to ban non-recyclable disposable cups, plastic bottles, bags and cutlery, according to the British press.

The plastic items will be phased out from summer said The Independent in a 15 May news report, saying a ‘latte levy’ of 25p will be introduced on takeaway coffee cups for a trial period.

According to the BBC, MPs, peers and visitors are encouraged to try reusable alternatives.

The crackdown on single-use plastic, said the BBC, will see 125,000 plastic water bottles removed from sale immediately.

As of next year, condiment sachets and plastic carrier bags will also be replaced by paper alternatives.

The move follows a series of bans on plastic items across a range of UK entities, including the Royal family, restaurants and supermarkets, earlier this year.

The UK government also unveiled plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds as part of a drive to reduce plastic waste pollution in April.

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