Plans have been put in place by the government to ban plastic straws and drink stirrers, which could become legislation within the next year.

The consultation by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will seek views on the ban of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

It aims to fulfil part of the government's 25-year environment plan, which has also seen other ideas put forward, including a bottle recycling scheme and addressing single use plastics waste through the tax system.

The government plans to work with the hospitality industry on developing alternatives and is keen to ensure that businesses have "sufficient time to adapt".

Hospitality has taken a lead on banning plastic straws with many food and drink firms already taking action, including pubcos JD Wetherspoon, Be At One, Punch and Ei Group. The major hospitality associations, including the BII, HospitalityUK, and the BBPA have also got behind the move.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "We've already seen a number of retailers, bars and restaurants stepping up to the plate and cutting plastic use, however it's only through government, businesses and the public working together that we will protect our environment for the next generation – we all have a role to play in turning the tide on plastic."

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "The UK government is a world leader on this issue, and the British public have shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban, and today we have put forward ambitious plans to further reduce plastic waste from straws, stirrers and cotton buds."