WASHINGTON — An environmental group is urging you not to use disposable plastic straws in Ocean City, Maryland, this summer.
The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean City chapter has launched a “Strawless Summer” campaign to help cut down on plastic pollution in the ocean.
“A little bit of waste multiplied by a whole lot of people really adds up,” Herb Weisbaum of NBCNews.com told WTOP.
“Americans use and throw away about 500 million drinking straws every day — 500 million, according to the National Park Service. That’s enough straws to fill about 46,400 school buses every single year,” Weisbaum said.
Ocean City restaurant owners, residents and visitors are being asked to sign a pledge to join the effort.
The Surfrider Foundation has these tips for individuals:
The foundation also encourages restaurants to:
Currently, there is no law limiting or banning plastic drinking straws in Ocean City.
Malibu, California, has a new ordinance that takes effect in June and in Washington state, Seattle’s ban kicks in this July.
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