Scotland to ban manufacture and sale of plastic cotton swabs

Scotland is set to be the first country in the United Kingdom to ban plastic-stemmed cotton swabs. Both the manufacture and sale of the polluting items - hundreds were found during a recent Gullane beach clean-up - would be banned. Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said, "...people are continuing to flush litter down their toilets and this has to stop. Scotland's sewerage infrastructure collects and treats some 945 million liters of wastewater each day. These systems are not designed...

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