Effective Oct. 1 at Staples Center and Sept. 17 at Microsoft Theater, plastic straws will no longer be provided to guests who order beverages that traditionally have been served with a plastic straw. Upon request, paper straws will be provided. A limited number of plastic straws will be available to guests with special needs.
“Staples Center and Microsoft Theater are eager to join the movement towards reducing plastic pollution. As home to four professional sports franchises, concerts, family shows, numerous award shows and other high profile events, our venues have a responsibility to lead the way in the sports and live entertainment industry by continuing to grow our best practices and stay environmentally conscious,” said Lee Zeidman, president of the Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. “As we continue to operate in the most environmentally conscious way, we also understand that recycling cannot be the only way to divert waste from landfills and finding eco-friendly alternatives at the source is equally important. By removing single-use plastic straws from our venue we continue our significant efforts towards environmental responsibility.”
The decision is expected to remove over 500,000 plastic straws a year from ending up in landfills. California lawmakers recently sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure that supporters say would make California the first state to ban full-service restaurants from giving out plastic straws unless customers request them.
STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater and Levy will partner to responsibly dispose of the single-use plastic straws currently in inventory at the venues. Unused straws will either be donated to organizations representing individuals with special needs requiring the use of straws or will be recycled.
For information, visit staplescenter.com/about/environment.
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