Yonkers Single-Use Plastic Straws Ban Begins Sunday

Mack Rosenberg
February 27, 2020 - 4:57 pm
Plastic Straws

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York State is preparing to ban all single-use plastic bags this weekend, but Yonkers is taking the ban one step further.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said Thursday that beginning March 1, food and beverage establishments in the city will be prohibited from providing single-use plastic straws, unless specifically requested by customers.

“Pause before you go for the straws,” said Spano as he signed the new city ordinance.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reports, the rule change was first suggested by the students at Paideia 15 Elementary School. One student, Adam, says the change will have a big impact on the environment.

“We can save this world, our ocean, and we can even save our lives,” he said.

Spano said it was inspiring to see young people making a difference in the world and taking an interest in larger issues that affect everyone.

“They seem to be more involved and more engaged on the issue of the environment than, I think, any other generation before,” he said, “and from the youngest grades – you know, second, third grade – and they're speaking in ways that adults should be speaking.”

According to recent data, plastic drinking straws are among the top 10 contributors to marine debris pollution.

The city ordinance will coincide with the state’s single-use plastic bag ban.