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Why You Should Consider Plastic Straw Recycling

Why You Should Consider Plastic Straw Recycling
For generations, people have turned to the plastic straw as a way of limiting tooth pain, stirring drinks and sipping their favorite drink. But since most straws are designed to be single-use, and since most straws aa made of plastic that cannot be easily recycled, the question needs to be asked — Do we need to start worrying about how many straws we are using?

Small Things and Big Problems

Straws are everywhere, and most of us do not even think about how many straws we use each day or in the average week, or how many we see other people use. They do not take up much room and seem so small, but they can quickly build and when the sheer number of straws used each year is considered, it makes the problem fairly apparent, and the issue of if they can be recycled is brought to the forefront. 

The Dilemma of the Drinking Straw

The straw recycling conundrum has become such a hot topic and sticking point that some larger cities around the country are looking for ways to target straw use specifically and find solutions. Seattle is one such city where officials and businesses are currently in talks to ban straws this year. On a larger scale, the state of California is proposing an opt-in law where plastic straws would only be provided when a customer specifically asks for them. These are just two examples of how changes in ideas and thought are affecting the way we deal with recycling and waste concerns. “September is the month Seattle stops sucking. At least, that’s what nonprofit organization Lonely Whale Foundation hopes as it launches ‘Strawless in Seattle’ throughout the Pacific Northwest city. The campaign urges residents and businesses to trade in their plastic straws for more-sustainable alternatives (or nothing at all!)” (Earth911).

The straw recycling conundrum has become such a hot topic and sticking point that some larger cities around the country are looking for ways to target straw use specifically and find solutions.

Reduce or Recycle or Remove?

While it is commonly accepted that plastic straws can have a negative impact on the environment and wildlife, it is often not clear exactly what is the best course of action. Should we focus on recycling straws? Should the goal be to remove them totally so they are not used at all? Or should we be looking for ways to reduce the number of straws we use every day? Here are some other things to consider when it comes to straws and how we need to be doing whatever we can to make a positive impact:

  • Most straws are not used in the home but rather at restaurants or at work so we need to find ways to get replacements in these kinds of situations where straws are almost expected these days.
  • Do not mix plastic straws with other recycle plastics unless you are told they are accepted in your area because it takes time and a lot of money to sort them out of the recycling bins before processing.
  • There are many practical and affordable alternatives including one-time paper straws and reusable glass and metal straws so people can still enjoy using straws without the negative environmental impact.

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