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TU Center to cut back on plastic use

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Several major businesses are taking steps toward reducing the use of disposable plastic.

According to the journal Science, more than eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the earth’s oceans every year. But now companies are finding ways to reduce the use of plastic items.

Aramark supplies concessions to arenas, schools, hospitals and workplaces nationwide, including the Times Union Center. It recently announced it has the goal of reducing disposable plastics by 2022.

It will start in September by replacing plastic straws with paper. It will then move on to reducing the use of plastic bags and cutlery while also expanding the sale of reusable bottles. No one will be allowed to bring in their own.

Ray Young was attending a concert at the TU Center on Wednesday. He’s not bothered by the upcoming change.

“A lot of places, when they offer souvenir cups, they always give you free refills or something with it,” he said.

What matters to him and others is making the planet a cleaner place.

“We should, you know, cut the plastic clutter in the world, and this is one way to do it,” Young said. “You know, it’s a small thing, but it’s a start.”

“If you can reduce plastic anyway you can, you may as well,” concertgoer Zachary Damasco said. “And if it takes a little bit on our part to do it, why not.”

Aramark said that by 2022, it expects to have reduced the use of plastic straws by 60 percent. The general manager of the TU Center said he applauds the company's efforts to help preserve the environment.


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