A Life Without Plastic Straws

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Plastic straws are everywhere and there’s talk of getting rid of them.

Recycling Center Operations Manager, Sean Barton, thinks its a good first step.

“They’re designed for single use,” Barton said. “It ends up on the side of the road or on the land fill and we don’t really know how long it takes to break down.” 

But that one single use might be important to people who live in retirement communities such as Burcham Hills. 

Burcham Hills dining room attendant, Chama Maweja, says this facility definitely needs straws.

“I don’t think we can work efficiently without them,” she said.

Maweja said some people need them in order to take their medication.

Barton said improvements to plastic are being made. 

“They are making strides with some compostable items and some hybrid plastic that are made out of corn and stuff like that which is a little bit better that’s not using fossil fuels however its still an impact on the environment,” he said. 

So will this be the last straw for plastic straws?