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County Executive Bans Plastic Straws/Stirrers at County Facilities

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:43 AM

Submits Local Law to Legislature for Countywide Ban

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced his executive order banning single-use plastic straws and stirrers from Albany County departments and operations, including vendors supplying the county with goods and services. County departments will now begin using compostable, recyclable or reusable options. County Executive McCoy at the same time submitted legislation requiring that all businesses and organizations that offer beverages for public consumption to follow suit.

“Each year approximately 8.8 million tons of plastic are thrown away. It eventually makes its way into our overburdened landfills or worse – they clog our drainage systems, flow into our waterways and oceans and threaten ecosystems,” said County Executive McCoy.

“We cannot sit idly by while we pollute our planet and pass the buck to our children. With this initiative, we are first applying these important standards to ourselves before we ask the rest of the community to do the same. In doing so, we are investing in the market of the future, one that doesn’t rely on petroleum, but instead materials that are biodegradable.”

The ban would not apply to individuals with disabilities or other impairments requiring the use of plastic straws, including those living at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Similarly, medical and dental facilities would be exempt, as well as pre-packaged drinks sold in stores.

Any establishment that violates the Local Law would first be issued a warning. A second offense would lead to a $50.00 fine; a third offense would mean a $100.00 fine; and the fourth and subsequent offenses would lead to a $250.00 fine.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy