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increasing the waste diversion rate in the City and providing waste reduction education to the <br />City’s consumers. <br /> <br />Litter, Waste, Recycling <br /> <br />According to the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) in San Luis Obispo , 400,000 <br />straws are used every day in SLO County. These straws are not able to be recycled and are <br />ending up as landfill waste or as litter. Single-use straws are seen as an unnecessary waste <br />stream; according to IWMA, studies have shown that 80% of customers will say “no” if asked if <br />they want a straw. In addition, plastic straw litter is consistently found on beaches with the <br />potential to harm marine life. Locally, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) <br />reports 1,111 plastic straws/stirrers were collected from local beaches at the 2016 SLO County <br />Coastal Cleanup Day, and 1,363 plastic straws/stirrers were collected during the 2017 cleanup <br />day, making plastic straws/stirrers the tenth most collected debris. Finally, the Ocean <br />Conservancy reports that plastic straws and stirrers were the seventh most collected item at the <br />2016 International Coastal Cleanup which spans 112 countries, collecting 409,097 plastic straws <br />and stirrers. <br /> <br />Proposed Ordinance <br /> <br />The proposed Ordinance is Attachment A to this report. Key items to know about the Ordinance <br />include the following: <br /> <br />1. What? <br />a. Require vendors such as restaurants, bars, and cafes to only provide customers <br />with a single-use beverage straw once a straw is requested. <br /> <br />2. Where? <br />a. Vendors that provide single-use beverage straws in drinks designed/intended for <br />on-site consumption. <br /> <br />3. How? <br />a. By local Ordinance <br /> <br />4. When? <br />a. Full Ordinance will take effect March 1, 2018. <br /> <br />5. Exceptions: <br />a. Take-out orders are exempt from the Ordinance. <br /> <br />PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT <br /> <br />Consistent with the City’s Public Engagement and Noticing Manual, staff created an Open City <br />Hall webpage to inform and engage community members and affected businesses. The webpage <br />was launched on September 18, 2017 and was sent to open city hall subscribers and website e- <br />notification subscribers. Staff also worked with the Downtown Association and Chamber of <br />Commerce to distribute to local businesses. Forty-five statements have been received as of <br />October 12, 2017; an equivalent of 2.3 hours of public comment at three minutes per statement. <br />Packet Pg 198 <br />9