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Tell New York City Council: I Back the Straw Bill

I support the New York City bill to help wildlife by getting rid of single-use plastic straws.

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Dear New York City Council Member and Mayor Bill de Blasio,

As a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), I'm writing to express my support for Int. 936 to eliminate single-use plastic straws from food establishments in New York City.

Single-use plastic straws and stirrers cannot be recycled, so they either end up in landfills or as litter where they eventually wind up in the ocean. Scientific studies demonstrate that single-use plastics are entering New York's waterways, and threatening wildlife and ultimately human health. Eventually these plastics break down into smaller pieces, known as microplastics, which wildlife, and potentially humans, ingest.

This bill (Int. 936) prevents food establishments in New York City from offering consumers single-use beverage straws or stirrers made of plastic or other non-biodegradable material. It would still allow food service establishments to offer biodegradable and reusable straws to consumers. It also includes exemptions that allow food service establishments to continue to offer appropriate straws for people with disabilities or medical conditions. Since this law will take effect 180 days after passage, it allows time for consumers to be educated on the issue and food service establishments to prepare to make appropriate changes.

Please join New York City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., in his efforts to protect our waters from plastic pollution and support Int. 936 -- the Single-use Plastic Straw Bill.


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Why Straws?

A single straw may seem like nothing. It's not. Millions of tons of plastic enter oceans around the world each year. Since they often can't be recycled, single-use plastic straws are among the main offenders. It's happening in New York. Plastic pollution in our city is deadly for local turtles, whales, fish, and birds. They can't help getting tangled in it or mistaking it for food. Join us and let's make a difference together.

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Give a Sip is a Wildlife Conservation Society campaign based out of the New York Aquarium. There our experts work to protect our local waters and marine wildlife through local field research, policy initiatives, and public outreach.

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