As our city begins to reopen more broadly, we hope that our restaurants and bars can consider taking steps to lessen the amount of single-use items customers are automatically provided. As we enter a post-pandemic world, we look forward to working with restaurants and bars to lessen their impact on the environment and also find cost savings.
Single-use plastic straws are a danger for whales, fish, sea turtles, and other marine wildlife. Right now, Int 936A, the Single-use Plastic Straws Bill can help protect New York’s waters from plastic pollution.
Thank you to the New York City Council for passing a bill restricting food establishments in New York City from providing consumers single-use straws, stirrers or splash sticks made of plastic. Food service establishments are still allowed to offer consumers single-use and reusable straws that are safe for the environment. It also includes an exemption that requires food service establishments to provide plastic straws upon request without inquiry for people with disabilities who need them.
Tell the New York City Council: Thank you for passing the Single-use Plastic Straws Bill!