Ban Plastic Straws in Mamaroneck

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Why should we ban plastic straws in Mamaroneck?????  Here are 12 reasons why!

1. Everyday 500 million straws are used which is enough to fill 125 school buses

2. Straws and other plastic harm sea life including fish, turtles, and coral reefs which disrupts the balance of multiple food webs

3. About 90% of garbage in the ocean is made from plastic

4. In 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish

5. In most places plastic can not be recycled, and in places where it can straws are hard to recycle because they easily get carried away by the wind and they end up littering our beaches and waterways

6. Plastic straws are in the top 5 items collected on the beach each year

7. About 90% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have an alarming amount of plastic in their stomachs, and in a lot of cases it causes malnutrition 

8. The U.S alone uses enough plastic straws to fill Yankee Stadium 9 times a year

9.  Every year the US uses enough straws to wrap around the Earth 2.5 times every day

10. Plastic breaks down into smaller pieces but it never really goes away

11. A straw is made in 1 minute but is only used for an average for 10 minutes

12. There is officially no beach in the world that does not have some form of plastic in the sand, even beaches uninhabited by humans