The City of Coral Gables is an eco-conscious community and wants to lead by example by prohibiting the use of single-use plastic drinking straws and stirrers in City facilities and parks. Coral Gables is also prohibiting their use by City vendors or contractors and at events on City property requiring a permit.
In partnership with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the City of Coral Gables is also encouraging local businesses to "Skip the Straw." When ordering a beverage and a straw is needed, the City recommends everyone to use other sustainable alternatives such as paper, bamboo or metal straws. A six month outreach campaign is in effect to inform City contractors and special event seekers to comply with this new ordinance. Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are not recyclable and can end up in landfills or the ocean, often causing a negative impact on marine wildlife.
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