Schenectady looking at proposed plastic straw ban

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Schenectady joins at least a dozen cities across the country banning, limiting or considering limiting plastic straws.

The plastic straw ban to require businesses to have bio-degradable straws and only allow plastic straws for customers with disabilities.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition estimates that 500 million plastic straws are used per day. Starbucks already plans to eliminate plastic straws next year, but there are businesses in Schenectady already ahead of the curve.

Slidin’ Dirty’s owner, Tim Taney, said he goes through at least 100 straws a day. Paper straws he uses cost three-times more than plastic ones.

At Horse’s Lounge, its owner ,Christain Fritzen, is phasing out his supply of plastic straws after seeing a video of a plastic straw being removed from a turtle’s nostril.  

If the proposal passes, it will go into effect January 1.

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