Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be mostly banned in England from 2020

England will largely outlaw plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds from April 2020.

Food and drink businesses will no longer be able to display or hand out the disposable items.

More than 80 percent of the submissions supported of banning plastic straws, according to a government consultation published Wednesday.

Ninety percent agreed with a ban on drink stirrers and 89 percent backed a ban on cotton buds.

"Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment," said environment secretary Michael Gove.

"These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life."

Registered pharmacies will be able to sell plastic straws over the counter or online for people with disabilities, reports The Guardian.

"Plastic straws are sometimes the only type of straw that work for disabled people due to their flexibility and ability to be used in hot and cold drinks," said Lauren West from Muscular Dystrophy UK.

"We are pleased the government has recognised this in its proposals put forward today."

Cotton buds will also remain available for medical and science labs, reports BBC News.

The announcement follows the UK's ban on microbeads, which came into effect last year. It's hoped the latest ban will save millions of pounds currently being spent on cleanup efforts.

But Greenpeace campaigner Sam Chetan-West says the ban doesn't go far enough.

"We welcome to news that the government is finally enforcing a ban on throwaway plastics like straws, cotton buds and stirrers. The reality though is that these bans only scratch the surface.

"To really tackle the plastic crisis we need bigger bolder action from this government, including targets to radically reduce the production of single-use plastics and an all-inclusive deposit return scheme for drinks containers."