Deep Cove’s plastic straw ban starts today

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The community of Deep Cove is the first in Metro Vancouver to ban stores and restaurants from using plastic straws. Aaron McArthur reports – May 7, 2018

Store and restaurant owners in Deep Cove are ditching the plastic straws starting Monday.

The move is the first for a community in Metro Vancouver although several independent businesses have taken it upon themselves to get rid of plastic straws.

Straws are also disappearing from several Okanagan communities.

The City of Vancouver has recommended banning straws along with Styrofoam single-use containers, part of their citywide waste reduction plan that goes to a council vote this month.

READ MORE: City of Vancouver moving to reduce use of straws in bars, restaurants

Several chains in the city are already only giving out straws when asked and the Vancouver Aquarium, where straws have not been available for the last 10 years, is urging others to follow suit.

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“Last year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup picked up just under 18,000 straws from coastlines across the country,” Dolf DeJong, vice-president and Aquarium general manager told Global News.