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Cornwall could ban plastic straws to protect beaches

Straws often end up on beaches where they take hundreds of years to decompose. Credit: ITV West Country

Cornwall could become the first county to ban plastic straws in order to protect its beaches.

Straws take hundreds of years to decompose and often end up in seas and on beaches.

A new campaign titled 'The Final Straw Cornwall' is aiming to prevent further plastic pollution in the county.

Around 8.5 billion straws are used in the UK every year. Credit: ITV West Country

8.5 billion straws are used in the UK every year.

8.5bn
straws are used in the UK every year

New Government figures show a dramatic rise in seabed litter around the country with an average of 358 items per square kilometre found last year.

More than three quarters of the items found were plastic.

James Strawbridge from The Final Straw says the situation must improve.

The Final Straw campaign says businesses and individuals should say no to straws or switch to paper versions instead which are more easily recycled.

The Final Straw is aiming for just that. No more plastic straws being used in Cornwall. They spoil our beaches and kill our wildlife. Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words. Cornwall is where that stops.

– Final Straw Cornwall website

Campaigners say that whilst refusing straws will not totally solve the issue of plastic pollution, it would be an important first step to safeguard the Cornish environment.

You can find more information about the project on the Final Straw Cornwall website.