Fast food restaurants should start charging for straws

Fast food restaurants should start charging for straws

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Bryan Narvaez started this petition to County of Los Angeles

Did you know that 500 million straws are thrown away each day, just in the US? Setting aside that this may cause more pollution, it also harms certain species. Marine wildlife such as sea turtles either eat the straws because they think it’s food or it can get caught in their nose causing them to possibly die.
Although many may think that one’s consumption may not cause a big problem to the pollution, people should take small steps to help end this problem with plastic in the ocean. I know that there is a new law that makes restaurants not have straws out unless the customers ask for them. I also know that this hasn’t change anything because customers always end up getting a straw.
A change that I think we should do is charge for straws, just like plastic bags. For many, people now think twice about getting a plastic bag, or reuse many of the bags that they already have. This has led to a decrease of use in plastic bags, so applying the same law for straws will most likely have a decrease of straw use. Fast food restaurants such as Mc Donald’s uses millions of straws a day, and if this new law is made there would be a big decrease of straws. Fast food restaurants should start charging for their straws, so that people think twice about wanting a straw or not. Just how the LA county obligated fast food restaurants to not have straws out unless customers ask for them, the LA county should now obligate fast food restaurants to charge for straws.
I understand that we as citizens of the US should take the initiative to decide whether or not we want to take a straw but making new laws will allow them to think twice whether or not they want one.

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