From the Star Tribune, Mara Kletcher, September 2, 2018
Commercial businesses in Afton soon may do away with plastic straws and utensils.
The City Council is expected to vote this month on a draft ordinance to ban noncompostable or nonrecycleable food service items after recently agreeing to develop such a measure.
The ordinance would also ban plastic bags in all commercial activities, including vendors who set up shop at Afton events.
Bill Palmquist, the council member behind the effort, hopes the city’s ordinance will inspire other Minnesota communities to follow suit.
“Afton is known for its beautiful location,” Palmquist said. “I think those who live here and come here are supportive of keeping it that way.”
The movement to eliminate single-use plastic drinking straws has ramped up in recent years. Several cities across the country have implemented bans, and companies big and small have committed to using more eco-friendly options.
City Council Member Bill Palmquist hopes the city’s ordinance will inspire other Minnesota communities to follow suit.
Afton’s ordinance would allow restaurants to offer bendable plastic straws to customers with disabilities. It would take effect one year after it passes, allowing time for businesses to find compostable and recyclable options.