Shouldn't they ditch their single-use coffee machines - which add billions of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable brewing pods into the waste stream - before stripping their neighbors' liberty to use a plastic straw or coffee stirrer?
The first violation of the straw ban draws a warning.
- A California coastal city has become the latest municipality to ban plastic straws, enacting what is potentially the strictest plastic prohibition in the country.
However, some parts of the United States of America have decided that simply putting new rules and laws in place won't be enough, as people will need a proper deterrent from going back to using plastic straws.
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Also included in the legislation are plastic stirrers and plastic cutlery. The problem? Most of these single-use straws are too lightweight to be recognized by a mechanical recycling sorter causing them to be disposed as garbage, which makes it more likely for them to end up in the ocean.
Cities and businesses across the US are moving to ban plastic straws in an effort to ease the burden of plastic waste on the environment.
Santa Barbara made national news as jail time was suggested for punishment for anyone breaking this ordinance. You can start with this movement and can go from there trying to eliminate single-use plastic usage.
Assemblyman Ian Calderon says plastic straws contribute to the buildup of trash in the oceans. At the rate we're using straws, there is estimated to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, according to a report by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.
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There are more eco-friendly straws out there if you do prefer to drink with a straw.
Santa Barbara's ordinance is unique because it has no exemption for the disabled. The proposal - which requires a second vote next week - also prohibits restaurants from offering napkins and utensils with takeout or delivery orders unless they are requested by customers or there is a self-serve station.
Plastic straw bans have also been criticized by some advocates and people with disabilities.
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