Calderon Straws-Upon-Request Legislation Approved by Assembly Committee on Natural Resources

Monday, April 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1884, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) which calls upon dine-in, full service restaurants to have a straws-upon-request policy, was approved by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources today.

“We must reduce plastic pollution that is entering our food chain, harming wildlife, and clogging up our oceans and waterways,” stated Majority Leader Calderon.  “By eliminating the habit of providing straws with every drink, consumers have the opportunity to help reduce the harmful impacts of plastic straws in our environment.”

The California Coastal Commission has recorded roughly 835,425 of straws picked up between 1988 and 2014. Straws are marked as the 6th most common item found during organized beach cleanups. This data doesn’t include straws picked up inland or around California’s lakes and waterways.

Plastics in the ocean attract other pollutants in the water, magnifying the toxicity of the plastic fragments that are consumed by the seafood we eat. While most plastics can be recycled, the vast majority of these single-use plastic straws are often discarded and can’t be recycled due to their lack of resin code. Sadly, these non-biodegradable plastic straws frequently end up in our oceans and waterways where they break down into smaller, micro-size pieces that are oftentimes mistaken as food by marine life.

Currently, there is no statewide law regarding the distribution of straws at dine-in, full service establishments. However, the cities of Malibu and Davis have adopted city-wide ordinances implementing straw-upon-request policies and several cities are currently exploring the same proposals.

Contact: Lerna Shirinian (562) 692-5858