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Schenectady looks to ban plastic straws

April 23, 2019 06:18 PM

Schenectady is looking to be among the first cities in the state to ban plastic straws.

Two City Council members are leading the charge, hoping to have the ban in place by January of 2020.

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With concerns about climate change and environmental impacts growing, Schenectady says the time has come to toss the plastic straws out for good.

Cities on the West Coast led the charge on this one. San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego have all banned or restricted plastic straws.

Here on the East Coast, Washington D.C. was one of the first and Suffolk County here in New York has passed legislation.

On a local level, several restaurants have taken it upon themselves to switch to paper straws or stop using them at all. Among the reasons, the fact that wildlife is threatened by plastics -- especially in the waterways.

Some have critiqued the straw bans, saying the straws only make up a small amount of plastic waste that enters waters each year.

One study by the Journal of Science says out of nine million tons of plastic waste entering the waters each year, only 2,000 tons are straws.

The City Council says every little bit is a step in the right direction.

Hear from people who support the ban, but those who are also concerned, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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