SI 2020/971. The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020. Comes into force 1st October. These Regulations, which apply in relation to England, prohibit persons from supplying or offering to supply certain plastic items in the course of a business. Part 2 prohibits the supply of single-use plastic straws to an end user, subject to certain exceptions. Part 3 prohibits the supply of single-use plastic stemmed cotton buds to an end user, other than for medical, forensic or scientific purposes. Part 4 prohibits the supply of plastic drink stirrers.