Plastic straw ban proposed in DC

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Straws. They date back to the late 1800s. They come in different sizes and colors and it is believed that some 500 million straws are used each day.

But close to 8 billion straws are polluting the worlds waterways.

It was a viral video a couple years ago of a straw stuck in a sea turtles nostril that really raised eyebrows. The turtle became the poster child, so to speak, for a campaign to get rid of plastic straws. Now major companies are taking action. Starbucks, for example announced just days ago they will stop using straws by 2020.

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Now D.C. could become the next city to ban all straws. D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans has introduced a bill to not only get rid of all straws but also plastic stirrers. He said exception could be made for people with disabilities. It was about 10 years ago that D.C. added a five-cent fee on plastic bags. This appears to be an even more drastic effort to become more environmentally friendly.

The counsel will take up the issue when they come back from summer recess.

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