Instead of banning plastic straws, we’ll need to require them

A cup, even with a sippy lid, doesn’t work if one can’t lift the cup. Straws do.
Metal straws can cause pain when bitten on, and can cause burns when used with hot drinks. Reusable silicone straws are soft, but harder to clean and sanitize. Single use paper straws dissolve when used with hot drinks or thick drinks such as smoothies.
Note deformed tip of straw due to smoothie soaking into the paper.
Image of bird eating a straw on a beach full of plastic litter.
Garbage cans fill up quickly with takeout containers, and once overflowing, wind blows away straws.
Straws —not even 0.01% of the total trash by volume or weight.
See any straws here? Me neither. A week’s worth of trash for 58 people fills up a 10'x10' square. Straws are completely insignificant when it comes to volume.
An accessible parking space and sidewalk curb ramp.

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