'London City Airport yesterday announced it is to end the use of plastic straws at all its food and drink outlets, saving around 100,000 straws a year.
'The airport said it would replace plastic straws with biodegradable alternatives, which would only be available on request.
'The move makes it the first airport in the UK to implement a ban on disposable plastic straws.
''"We are pleased to see plastic straws depart from London City Airport, joining a range of waste management initiatives that we already implement as a zero landfill company," said Lewis Chenery, environmental compliance executive at London City Airport.
'"Recent public interest in plastic waste has brought into sharp focus the issue, and we will be looking at new measures to further reduce our contribution, as we develop a new guide for our restaurants and retailers. We are also committed to increasing our recycling rate to 70 per cent by the end of this year."
'The airport said it also provides free drinking water refills at all its food and drink outlets, with the exception of the airside Pret A Manger branch, in a bid to further reduce the use of single-use plastic wastage.'