The Kirkland council is currently creating a report on banning plastic straws and utensils, as well as Styrofoam food containers. This is all part of a pattern in which a bit of Seattle envy takes over, causing Kirkland to try to mimic any Seattle idea. Kirkland paper straws are stirring a bit of controversy, amongst local council members.
For context, on July 1, Seattle became the first major city in the U.S. to enact a plastic straw and utensil ban. Nothing as dramatic as raids or fines occurred. Instead, the city is working with restaurants and bars to make the transition. Kirkland paper straws would have the same effect.
The council is currently creating a report on banning plastic straws and utensils, as well as Styrofoam food containers. A similar ban occurred on plastic bags. Part of that report found that two-thirds of Kirkland residents opposed the ban, and yet a plastic bag ban was enacted anyway. It’s pretty clear we’re on that same path with straws
Opponents claim the plastic bans in general are the wrong course. The non-plastic alternatives are much more intensive in terms of energy and water and other resources they take to produce. Kirkland paper straws would cost more in the short term, while allegedly saving in the long term. They claim we are much better off using our resources to help those countries create good, solid waste management systems rather than banning straws here,
Kirkland paper straws seem like a tough sell, as opponent suggest to not just automatically give people straws. They claim to let folks ask for a straw; make it a voluntary system. It doesn’t need to be government enforced, imposing the notion that these few people on the city council are wiser than everybody else. This mentality has been adopted by by Washington’s southern neighbor, California.