Plastic straws are one item many people would think are harmless. However, over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris, and chief among those debris are plastic straws. Did you know that just in the U.S. about 500 million plastics straws are used every day? That is a whole lot of plastic and a whole lot of environmental impact. It’s why many plastic straws are being banned by businesses and some U.S. cities.
So, what can you do about your straw use? The main thing to do is to stop using plastic straws. When at a restaurant, turn down the straw offer. Are you a straw lover? Thankfully there are reusable straws you can purchase that won’t harm the environment. Check out our full breakdown on reducing plastic straw use below and see how you and your business can help impact the larger environment by improving your plastic and recycling habits.
Tips for Reducing Plastic Straw Use
Unfortunately, plastic straws are not typically accepted by any curbside recycling program. So, your best bet is eliminating or reducing your use of plastic straws. When out to eat or planning your next company function, skip the straws. Remember that these harmless looking meal or party additions are causing significant environmental harm.
Luckily, there are reusable and non-plastic straws for those unwilling to part with their favorite drink accessory. Reusable straws can come in stainless steel, silicon, glass, and even bamboo! Paper straws are also an option as they degrade quickly, but remember to properly dispose of them after use.
After having reduced your own use of plastic straws, petition local governments and businesses to do the same.
Start Recycle your Plastics with AmeriSouth Recycling & Recovery in Atlanta
If your business would like to improve your recycling habits, contact the recycling experts at AmeriSouth Recycling and Recovery. As Atlanta’s best recycling facility, we’ve helped many Atlanta area businesses reach their recycling goals through our consulting and recycling services. Our team can assist you with creating waste solutions and recycling streams for your next project.
Get in touch with us at 404-209-0002 or fill out online contact form to see how we can help with recycling your business’ plastics.