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City Council Discusses Bill To Ban Plastic Straws

June 21, 2018 - 12:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Plastic drinking straws could soon be banned throughout the five boroughs.

A City Council committee is scheduled to meet today to discuss a proposal that would ban single use plastic straws and stirrers.

Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. (D-37th) is spearheading the bill, citing pollution and environmental concerns as a top priority. He hopes restaurant owners will replace plastic straws with ones made out of biodegradable material, such as paper, aluminum or even corn and pasta.

According to environmentalists, Americans can use up to 500 million plastic straws per day.

The council will also review a proposal to add a service charge to another bill that would help restaurants with rising operating costs.