Plastic Straw Bill Seeks to Reduce Plastics Pollution
SF 756 encourages restaurants to adopt common-sense, cost saving, and sustainable policies
St Paul, MN – Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) has introduced SF 756 to reduce the usage of plastic straws in restaurants. This bill discourages the excessive use of plastic straws while preserving access to straws for those who need or prefer using them.
“Australian scientists have estimated there are between 437 million and 8.3 billion plastic straws lying around the world’s shorelines. The goal of this bill is to discourage unnecessary use of straws to reduce plastic pollution, while not penalizing those who rely on straws for accessibility or ease,” Senator Marty said.
“This shifts a restaurant’s default decision away from automatically distributing straws to people who do not necessarily desire them. Although plastic straws make up a small fraction of the plastic pollution along our shorelines, eliminating any unnecessary plastics is a step in the right direction.”
Marty said his intent “is not to penalize establishments, but to encourage sustainable practices. We recognize that some people with disabilities rely on straws and others prefer to use them, so restaurants are able to provide straws to those who request them.”