Plastic Straws and Bags Would Be Banned in NY
NEW YORK – May 28, 2018
Plastic straws in New York City could be banned under a bill introduced by the City Council.
The bill was proposed by Councilman Rafael Espinal. He presented statistics under which 500 million plastic units are used and tossed out every day in the United States. And most of them end up in waterways.
“It’s no secret that we have a plastic problem. It is estimated that there are 13 million metric tons of plastic clogging our oceans and that 100,000 marine creatures die from plastic entanglement a year.” noted Espinal.
Similar bills have passed in Malibu, California, and Seattle.
The NY's Wildlife Conservation Society has launched the “Give a Sip” share to support the bill and ask people to ditch the using of plastic straws in their homes.
“This is one of the greatest threats against wildlife and marine life,” said John Calvelli, executive vice president at the WCS. “By 2050, there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish. We need to start raising public awareness of this issue.”
Also, they have called for city bars and restaurants to stop using plastic bags. Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio supports the idea and has said his Crafted Hospitality restaurants in the city are starting to eliminate single-use plastic straws.
The WCS has already eliminated single-use plastic straws, cold drink lids and plastic bags from all of its parks.
Danny Meyer, Union Square restaurant group owner, will also stop using them.
Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped short of backing the bill. He said the idea has advantages, but he needs to review the legislation.