Let’s Ban Plastic Straws in Connecticut!

Loss | June 05 2019

Plastic Pollution

The Connecticut Chapter worked with our Northeast Regional Manager to help pass a single-use plastic straw ban in the State.

House Bill 5385 started out as a bill to ban plastic straws in the State, and then was drafted to be a straws upon request bill. We supported the original intents of the legislation to ban plastic straws, and support the bill advancing as a straws upon request policy as a contingency (view our testimony).

The public hearing for House Bill 5385 was held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9AM, and our CT chapter chair was present to support the bill. The Committee voted on 22-8 on March 18, 2019 to send a substitute bill favorably out of Committee, with the following report

Unfortunately, the bill was never called to the floor for a vote before adjournment and it did not get absorbed into another bill, and so it is dead for this session. We fully anticipate the bill to resurface in the next session -so please stay tuned!

In the meantime, email our fearless chapter chair, Jack Egan, to get on board.

Thank you for your help!


Not sold on why plastic straws are bad for the marine environment? Check out this resource for more info: Rise Above Plastics Program

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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