According to the city, roughly seven million straws are thrown away every day, and with an estimated 40 bubble-tea shops in Vancouver, they’re one of the largest businesses producing plastic waste.
Nelson Poon, an employee of Café Eggstatic in Burnaby, spoke of concerns surrounding these potential changes.
So in terms of straw size right, so are the manufacturers able to generate the size so we can actually fulfill what we need for business? And most of them, they’re gonna use straws that’s made out of wheat right, so we gotta do that, are they gluten free? And how can we guarantee someone is not allergic?
If the motion is passed, council staff will meet with affected businesses and come back with a report by December.
For Evolution 107.9, I’m William Cook.