Final Straw for Christchurch City
27 Aug 2018
Christchurch City Council to make the city plastic straw free by the end of 2019
Hospitality New Zealand's Regional Manager for Central South Island Ted Casserly presented our organisation's vision for a sustainable hospitality industry to Christchurch City Council on Wednesday, with the Council now saying they hope to make the city plastic straw-free by the end of 2019.
It is great to see the growing movement to phase out single-use plastics, which is in line with Hospitality New Zealand's own efforts to help make hospitality a sustainable industry. To deliver on Hospitality New Zealand's promise to be plastic straw free by 2018, we have joined forces with The Rubbish Whisperer to offer our members a great deal on affordable alternatives to plastic straws.
Christchurch City Councillors want bars and restaurants to swap out plastic straw for environmentally friendly alternatives.
The idea was put forward by the Council's Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee, with Committee Chair Councillor Vicki Buck confident the change can be achieved.
"I think we can do it, and I think many residents want to see it happen for the health of our environment," Ms Buck said.
Leading by example, most Council events are already free of single-use plastic straws.