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City Launches Strawless Summer Challenge for Businesses

Post Date:05/11/2018 3:59 PM

City Launches Strawless Summer Challenge for Businesses

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling Department recognizes the detrimental effect disposable plastics can have on beaches and marine life. Not only is plastic waste unsightly for a relaxing stroll on the beach, but the Environmental Protection Agency has found plastic to be responsible for the death of roughly 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds every year.

Plastic straws are a large contributor to this plastic problem—as Americans use roughly 500 million plastic straws every single day. These plastic straws use a large amount of energy to make, are not recyclable, and do not biodegrade.

In an effort to reduce the effect of plastic straws on the environment, the Solid Waste/Recycling Department has created a voluntary Strawless Summer Challenge for city restaurants, bars and cafés. For a three month period from June 1 to Aug. 31, participating businesses can participate by abstaining from giving plastic straws out unless requested by a customer. Participating businesses will be spotlighted on the department’s website and city social media efforts. Businesses that successfully complete the Strawless Summer Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement and a photo spotlight on the department’s website for one year.

The Strawless Summer Challenge will kick off June 1. Please encourage your business to join the Solid Waste/Recycling Department’s efforts to keep our city bright and beautiful from bay to beach.

To receive more information or to enroll in the challenge, call the city’s Recycling Specialist Sheridan Boyle at (727) 562-4933, or email

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