California is one step closer to banning plastic straws in restaurants. In a 25-12 vote the senate passed Assembly Bill 1884 which would mean dine-in, full service restaurants would only give give customers plastic straws upon request.
Though supporters of the “Straws on Request” bill said in many cases they’re unnecessary, restaurant go-ers aren’t sure how they feel about the change because of convenience and cleanliness.
The California Public Interest Research Group supports the bill. Director Emily Rusch said there are 175-million plastic straws used every single day in the U.S.
“What we are trying to avoid are the scenarios of you getting a plastic straw you don’t even want…Unfortunately these straws wind up in our waterways, rivers, oceans and communities in some cases they are eaten by marine animals who can die. It’s unnecessary waste,” said Rusch.
We sat down with a few restaurant go-ers during their lunch.
Though they agree, pollution needs to be managed, not many were keen on the idea of taking away straws.
“I don’t know whose lips are on those cups last and if its been washed well,” said Eli Martinez.
“(With a straw) I think its easier to drink from and (I use them for) teeth sensitivity” said Dana Forred.
“People are going to have to start bringing straws and that’s weird,” said Hector Hernandez.
“I’ll use it but if it’s not there I wont gripe about it,” said Carrie Conrad.
The bill heads back to the assembly for a concurrence vote, where is expected to pass, before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.