D.C. Council member Jack Evans has introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban plastic straws and plastic stirrers in the city.
WASHINGTON — Several U.S. cities have banned plastic straws, the largest being Seattle, where a ban took effect July 1. And, if one local lawmaker gets his wish, the nation’s capital could follow as soon as next year.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans has introduced a bill that would outlaw plastic straws and plastic stirrers in the city. He made his proposal on Tuesday, the last day before council begins its summer recess.
“I remember when I was growing up, I used to have these paper straws that are much better for the environment, and probably will make a big comeback now,” Evans said.
People who rely on plastic straws to drink independently find it difficult to wash reusable ones and avoid paper straws because they tend to disintegrate in hot liquids. But, Evans said exceptions to the ban could be made for people with disabilities.