Pennsylvania lawmaker's proposal looks to reduce the use of plastic straws

“We tried to set an example of the change we wish to see in this world.”

Pat Loeb
October 20, 2018 - 10:00 pm

Pat Loeb | KYWNewsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Pennsylvania state senator plans to introduce a bill designed to sharply reduce the use of plastic straws.

Sen. Daylin Leach says the ratio of a plastic straw's usefulness to its environmental impact demands rethinking the product.

“These single use plastic straws, you use one time, you use for five minutes,” he said. “They then can sit around in a landfill or in the ocean for a thousand years or more.”

Leach is not alone. There's been a campaign to voluntarily reduce plastic straw use.

His bill would help the effort by barring food vendors from placing plastic straw dispensers in public areas, and by handing them out only on request, not by default as is now the case.

“Our bill does not ban plastic straws,” he explains. “If you say, 'can I have a straw?' They give you a straw. That's perfectly legal.”

Leach announced his plan in Narberth because, last week, it passed a local law regulating plastic straws and plastic bags.

Narberth Mayor Andrea Deutsch says she hopes others follow suit.

“We tried to set an example of the change we wish to see in this world,” she added.