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Portland working on plan to limit plastic straws

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Portland city commissioners are working on a plan that would limit the use of plastic straws in local businesses. 

The city council is discussing a resolution this week that would instruct city employees to developed a plan to reduce single-use plastic items, including straws. 

Non-compostable plastic straws can't be recycled and they're one of the big things contributing to pollution on land and in the Pacific Ocean. 

A national social media campaign called "Stop Sucking" and a documentary called "Straws" have been drawing attention to the damage even tiny pieces of plastic can do to the environment. Some pieces of plastic have gotten embedded in the nostrils of sea turtles. Malibu, California has already issued an outright ban on plastic straws, stirring sticks, forks, spoons and knives.

Many restaurants have already pledged to stop offering plastic straws.


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