Protect Our Waters: Monterey
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"Small and lightweight, straws often never make it into recycling bins; the evidence of this failure is clearly visible on any beach. And although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish." (Parker, 2017)
According to National Geographic, over 500 million straws are used in the U.S. daily. Most of these straws won't be recycled and will end up in our ocean. NOAA estimates over 100,000 marine mammals, fishes and birds are killed annually by marine debris. The people of Monterey love the ocean, but we don't always take care of it. Many restaurants and bars still hand out straws for each and every drink without asking. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has already gone straw free and recommends you bring your own and ask for no straw. However, we need more, there needs to be a plastic straw ban mandated by the Monterey City Council.
Please join me in asking the Monterey City Council to ban plastic straws.
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