Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park eliminates single-use plastic

A general view of plastic straws, as environmentalists have backed a new campaign calling on both the Scottish and UK governments to crack down on the use of plastic drinking straws. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images). Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has announced plans to permanently remove all single-use plastic straws and bags from its food and retail operations.

The move comes on the heels of many businesses and groups across the country eliminating plastic, especially single-use straws, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

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Assiniboine Park will put their changes in effect on July 1.

“This is an amazing commitment and a fantastic opportunity to initiate cultural change within our organization and actively demonstrate how small efforts can have big impacts when we work together,” said Dustin Karsin, who is with the Conservancy’s environment and sustainability branch.

“Using reusable shopping bags or bins and refusing single-use plastic straws is a great place to start.”

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The straws and bags will no longer be available at any venue in the park, including Park Café, the Tundra Grill and seasonal concessions at the Zoo.

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They will also be unavailable at catered events hosted in the park’s event venues.

Biodegradable paper straws will be provided if required or requested and reusable bags will be available for purchase.

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