Efforts to Save the Environment | Scouts Push New Straw Law

In an effort to stop plastic pollution and reduce the large amount of single-use from penetrating waterways, a new state law requires sit-down restaurants in California to forgo the automatic distribution of straws. Plastic straws will only be provided upon request in full service restaurants. It does not affect fast-food establishments

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | Scouts talked about the importance of using paper straws during last week’s City Council meeting.

Want a plastic straw in a full service restaurant?

You’ll need to ask for one under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed at cutting down on pollution.

The change covers full-service dining starting in 2019 but not in fast-food establishments.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | A local scout troop from Monterey Hills Elementary School was busy passing out paper straws during last week’s City Council meeting.

The new norm will be paper straws as a local scout troop stressed while in attendance during last week’s City Council meeting. Following a brief presentation about the harmful effects of plastic straws, the scouts greeted council members and the mayor at their seats handing out the paper variety.

Peter Roseman, Ishaan Mehta, Ethan Burger and Wyatt Morimoto-Woo from Monterey Hills Elementary School earned praised from the council after showing the initiative to remind audience members and those watching on television from home about the importance of reducing plastic from the environment.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian pulls out a paper straw distributed by members of a local scout troop during last week’s City Council meeting.

The scouts will be out in force Thursday passing out paper straws during Thursday’s farmers’ market in town, and again on January 31 as they urge shoppers to go plastic free when it comes to straw use.

Why the ban on plastic straws? The answer can be found in Assembly Bill 1884. Assembly member Ian Calderon, D-Whittier is the bill’s author, noting the law brings “awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways and oceans.”

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | Council members Michael Cacciotti and Robert Joe were given paper straws by a local scout troop during last week’s City Council meeting.

When he signed the law into effect, Brown was much more succinct, suggesting all plastics “are choking our planet.”

The goal is zero waste.

“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Brown wrote, regarding AB 1884. “It is a very small step to make a customer who wants a plastic straw ask for it. And it might make them pause and think again about an alternative.”

PHOTO: Boy Scouts of America | SouthPasadenan.com News | A local scout troop, including Peter Roseman, Ishaan Mehta, Ethan Burger and Wyatt Morimoto-Woo, from Monterey Hills Elementary School passed out paper straws during last week’s City Council meeting. They will be at the Farmers Market on Thursday and January 31 passing out paper straws and literature about reducing plastic use to protect the environment. They are joined by the city’s Community Services Director Sheila Pautsch.

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