Are Straws Recyclable?

Are Straws Recyclable?

By:  Tony White So I wondered to myself about awhile back, “are straws recyclable?” Oh by the way, according to ecocycle.org the US uses 500 million straws a day. That was every day. Umm, yeah, that would fill 127 school buses each day or 46,400 school buses every year. I digress, back to my question. The answer is yes and no. I typed in the office’s zip code into earth911.com to find out. No results. Drinking straws are typically #2 or #5 plastic. Let’s try that. Bingo! Oh but wait, according to this article, straws and bottle caps might clog the sorting machines. That doesn’t really seem ideal. The same article suggests using reusable straws instead of disposable straws. Hmmm, sound familiar…think reusable water bottle. So I’ve been trying this for a few weeks. It’s pretty easy when it’s a self-serve situation, a little awkward in a full-service situation. I still feel like the eco-geek walking into a restaurant with my reusable straw. One man’s eco-geek is another man’s trendsetter, right? Honestly though, do I need a straw at a restaurant anyway? Here’s a tip I quickly learned, request “no straw” when placing your drink order. Otherwise they bring the straw, it sits on the table, the glass sweats, the straw ends up in the puddle soaking the paper wrapper and they have no choice but to throw it away – just saying. All the lovers of Pinterest out there know there’s always another option in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra. REUSE! So here are some reuse ideas. This really is an easy one. Try it.

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