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Proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland

Proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland

Friday, April 27, 2018

ISBN: 9781788518505

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from stakeholders on the addition of secondary legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to introduce a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds. The proposed bans aim to further protect our seas from plastic pollution.

Executive Summary

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The Scottish Government is seeking the views of any organisation or individual with an interest in these matters to ensure introducing secondary legislation fully addresses the environmental threat of plastic pollution caused by plastic-stemmed cotton buds entering our seas.

Reflecting the importance of the issue of marine plastic pollution, widespread awareness amongst relevant stakeholders and a wish to introduce legislation at the earliest opportunity, the consultation will run for an abbreviated period of eight weeks. Following this consultation, legislative proposals will be brought forward for scrutiny by the Scottish Parliament.