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NHS Bids to Cut up to 100M Plastic Straws, Cups and Cutlery From Hospitals

The NHS will slash the use of plastic in hospital canteens as part of its drive to reduce waste and make hospitals healthier for patients and staff.

Major high street names and suppliers including Marks & Spencer and WH Smith are backing the call by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens to dramatically cut the amount of single-use plastics in hospitals, as part of a package of measures in the NHS Long Term Plan, supported by the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), to reduce the environmental impact of the health service.

Retailers operating in hospitals have committed to cut the use of avoidable plastics starting with straws and stirrers from April with cutlery, plates and cups phased out over the following 12 months.

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