Update on Edmonds
plastic straw banThe City of Edmonds is on the path to ban plastic straws, plastic utensils, and plastic stir sticks offered by businesses to their customers. The official ban itself will come into effect in very early 2020. Currently the affected businesses are being encouraged to start a policy of offering alternatives to these plastic items and only upon request. Right now the only exception to receiving an alternative straw is for any person who, through disability or medical condition, requires a flexible straw for their needs.

The momentum across the nation and the globe, to ban plastic straws and other single-use plastics is growing strong. Edmonds joins this movement and will become the first city in Snohomish County to make this first step to decreasing single-use plastic use and the potential pollution these items cause. The City of Seattle has already enacted its ban on plastic straws and utensils as of July 1.

The switch for businesses to only offer the alternative items upon request may be viewed as simple and easy to do or may be challenging for others. Customers of the affected businesses can help by rethinking their need for an automatic straw added to their drink order. The best alternative is using no straw at all. The waste prevention impact is huge. The potential for those single-use items to become litter and cause problems, is greatly diminished.

If you have any questions or wish to recognize any Edmonds business that is already leading the way by only offering upon demand, email to recycleguy@edmondswa.gov.

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