Plans to ban a wide range of single-use plastics have been confirmed by the Welsh Government.
Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks are among the single-use plastics that are set to be outlawed from 2021, or subject to sales restrictions, that is if the legislation gets passed.
People will still have access to plastic straws in bars and restaurants, if they ask for them, in England following the new plans.
Scientific and medical labs will still have access to to plastic cotton buds also, as they may be needed for such practises.
The minister in charge of recycling, Hannah Blythyn said the Welsh Government would carry out a public consultation before taking any major decisions on how the bans would actually be implemented:
“to understand the impact of this proposal, particularly on any citizens who may be reliant on some of the items we have included, to make sure we get it right.”
“The single use plastics we want to ban are hard to recycle and often found on beaches and seas around our coast, blighting our beautiful country and harming our natural and marine environments.”
“It is vital we don’t throw away our future – which is why we believe taking this direct action will have a significant impact on changing people’s behaviour and make them think about their waste when ‘on-the-go’.”
Warnings have come for disabled campaigners and groups including former Welsh Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has warned that ditching plastic straws could be a problem for those who rely on them to drink independently.
Haf Elgar, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, has stressed that banning such items was not enough to tackle litter and pollution on its own.
Ms Elgar said: “This is just one step and we do need to urgently move to being a zero waste nation.