Retailers have urged the government to help small businesses with extra costs incurred after a clampdown on plastic straws and stirrers. 

The news comes after environment secretary Michael Gove revealed he has already started a six-week consultation to ban single-use plastics.

Trudy Davies, owner of independent store Woosnam & Davies in Wales, said a partnership between manufacturers, government and retailers is vital.

“We want to be on board with this, but the government must give us an incentive,” she said. “This will have an impact on us, but if manufacturers are able to work with us and give us an alternative for the same price that would really help.”

Gove said the ban could be introduced as early as next year.

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