There’s a right way and a wrong way to implement a plastic straw ban.
The wrong way would be via knee-jerk government fiat, with little input from stakeholders. But we’re happy to see the city of Stuart going about it the right way, discussing the proposed ban with the business community and considering sensible exceptions, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, even small businesses that offer milkshakes or smoothies.
Still, not everyone will be happy, and it’s possible some businesses could find it difficult to comply with a ban. The owners of franchise restaurants, for example, might not have the flexibility to ditch the plastic and adopt something more sustainable, but also costlier.
Nonetheless, for the ban to pass and be effective, yet fair, there needs to be community buy-in. Kudos to the city commission for realizing this and moving deliberately, yet determinedly, toward a more sustainable future.
Read or Share this story: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/editorials/2019/08/15/stuart-seeks-stakeholder-input-straw-ban/1997567001/