L.A. City Hall Announces Straws On Request 2021 Initiative
Big news today from City Hall. Single-use plastic straws may be phased out of Los Angeles restaurants and food establishments by 2021.
L.A. City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez announced the citywide Straws-on-Request initiative.
“Straws on request is another step by the L.A. City Council to remove more trash from our waste-stream, a waste-stream that currently and historically flows through the communities I represent,” said Martinez.
L.A. officials seek to rid the city of plastic drinking straws by 2021 https://t.co/BX1ox20vDp
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 17, 2018
According to City Hall’s press release, “During the Energy, Environment, and Social Justice Committee on Tuesday afternoon, O’Farrell instructed the Bureau of Sanitation to report back within 90 days regarding the feasibility of phasing out single-use plastic straws by 2021, and instructed Sanitation to work with the Department of Disability on methods and approaches to mitigate impacts to the disabled community associated with the phase out.”
“Plastic straws endanger our marine wildlife and they foul our lakes, streams, and rivers,” said O’Farrell. “With our economy of scale here in L.A. and a phase out, all businesses and manufacturers can join the initiative and pioneer low cost, biodegradable, disposable products.”
Heal the Bay’s ceo Shelley Luce spoke at the press conference about protecting L.A. for future generations.
“Since 2000, Heal the Bay volunteers have picked up over 121,000 straws and stirrers from Los Angeles County beaches,” said Luce. “It’s heartening to see businesses recognizing the problem and becoming part of solution.”
Our past actions created this mon-straw-city. But, today marks a new beginning for the City of Los Angeles as momentum builds toward sustainable food and drink packaging alternatives. Follow our IG for the full Story >> https://t.co/aDS5TITtf2 pic.twitter.com/yTne3smkjL
— Heal the Bay (@HealTheBay) October 16, 2018
The Mon-straw-city made unsightly appearances in DTLA and at City Hall. Shout out to Danielle Furuichi, Heal the Bay Programs Coordinator, for rocking the straw-suit. And a special thank you to Susan Lang, Super Healer volunteer, for designing this upcycled trash costume made from 1,750 single-use plastic straws that were picked up at beach cleanups by Heal the Bay volunteers.
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