LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Beginning October 1st, downtown LA’s Staples Center will remove all single use plastic straws in an effort to help protect the environment.
On September 17, the neighboring Microsoft Theater will do the same.
“We believe we’re the first entertainment and sports venue in California that’s actually gonna do this,” said Lee Zeidman, President of Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, and L.A. Live. “This was the next step in becoming more sustainable and providing a better environment.”
Zeidman told FOX 11 that Staples Center already uses solar panels, waterless urinals, and energy cells as part of an effort to be more environmentally friendly.
“We will have limited straws available, plastic straws, for people with special needs and we will give out paper straws upon request,” Zeidman said. “It’s not like it’s completely eliminated, all we’re trying to do is take them out of the environment, and give back to the environment.”
Zeidman told FOX 11 the move is expected to stop 500,000 plastic straws from going into landfills.
Any unused straws will be donated to special needs groups, or recycled.