Plastic Straws

Jenna Miller

Suffolk County Bans Plastic Straws, Styrofoam Containers

April 22, 2019 - 1:41 pm
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — All plastic straws and Styrofoam containers are officially banned in Suffolk County.

“Suffolk County will be the first in the state to restrict the use of straws,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

On Earth Day, he signed legislation banning restaurants from giving out plastic straws and stirrers along with Styrofoam containers and cups.

“Restaurants in Suffolk County will now be required to make the switch over to environmentally friendly, biodegradable straws stirrers and containers,” he added.

Legislator Kara Hahn, the main sponsor of the bill, notes that the ban comes after Suffolk County has become overrun with litter.

“A look at our roadways and you see plastic products everywhere it litters our landscape, not only that, but you probably have seen the video that went viral of the sea turtle with the straw up its nose,’ she said. “Our wildlife is at risk from these plastic products.”

The new law goes into effect in January 2020, but some restaurants have already started to not use plastic straws and Styrofoam products.

In 2018, Suffolk County also banned single-use plastic bags and installed a five cent fee on all plastic bags used in the county.

According to Adrienne Esposito, of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the county is using “1.1 billion less plastic bags each year.”

Recently, the New York State Legislature approved a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and has taken aim at plastic straws, foodware and Styrofoam containers.