Norcross launches Straws-Upon-Request program to reduce number of single-use plastic drinking straws landing in landfills. File Photo

Straws-Upon-Request program launches in Downtown Norcross

Restaurants in Norcross’ historic downtown district recently announced their commitment to a new campaign targeting single-use disposable plastic. The StrawLess Norcross program, designed by the Sustainable Norcross Commission citizen board, was recently adopted by a number of local eateries. The initiative is projected to reduce the number of plastic drinking straws disposed of in Norcross by more than 50,000 within the first year of implementation.

The restaurants that are part of the StrawLess Norcross campaign will no longer provide a straw automatically with every drink, but straws will still be available upon request to patrons who need or desire them.

“Plastic straws are useful only for a short time and then are hard to recycle, slow to degrade in a landfill, and one of the top ten most common types of litter in the environment,” says Laura Hernandez, Sustainable Norcross Commission member and founder of Gwinnett Recycles. “Our hope is that StrawLess Norcross will decrease waste and spark important conversations around environmental sustainability in our community and beyond.”

The StrawLess Norcross campaign will expand to restaurants outside of the downtown area in early 2019.

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