West Lafayette pushing for plastic straw reduction

The West Lafayette City Council passed a resolution pushing for businesses to reduce plastic straw usage.

Posted: Feb 4, 2019 10:20 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2019 5:24 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette City Council passed a resolution Monday night pushing for businesses to reduce plastic straw usage. It also includes reducing other plastics like stirrers, utensils, dinner ware and containers.

The resolution was crafted to find a better understanding of how to make West Lafayette more environmentally friendly. It asks businesses to take 180 days to try to reduce, eliminate or find a substitution for items like plastic straws.

The resolution adds the business can make alternatives available to customers by request.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said this is not a law, it's a guideline.

"Now is when we start getting some guidance and feedback from the community," said Dennis. "A lot of times when we do these things there is a knee-jerk reaction to assuming we are outlawing straws and stirrers, but we are not."

Mayor Dennis said he wants the community to know about the adverse impacts of plastic straws and stirrers. He said overuse and improper use contribute to pollution in the community.

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