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Scotland has released a public consultation on draft regulations prohibiting the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds on the grounds that they cause harm to living species in the marine environment.

In the draft, plastic-stemmed cotton bud is defined as a rod of plastic which has cotton wrapped around both ends. Plastic cotton bud stems are consistently observed to constitute approximately 5–10% of marine debris and feature in the ten (10) most common items found in beaches.

The draft regulations have laid out the necessary sanctions in cases where a manufacturer or an individual is found guilty of committing an offense. The Scottish Government is inviting public comments until April 18, 2019.

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