The Oak Park Board of Trustees could soon put limitations on the use of plastic straws in the village, following the release of a report by the village’s Environment and Energy Commission.

The citizen commission conducted a five-month review of the issue, providing a list of options for the board to consider aimed at reducing the use of plastic straws at area restaurants.

The recommendations include:

  • Educating restaurant owners and their staff along with residents on the negative effects of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic lids, containers and other items.
  • Making single-use plastic items upon request only
  • Collecting data on plastic inventory use at restaurants in Oak Park, to assess overall consumption of single-use plastic items in the village.

 Andrea Densham, senior director of conservation policy and advocacy at Shedd Aquarium, encouraged the village to implement a zero waste plan for Oak Park to help reduce the amount of plastics that end up in the water supply.

She noted that the city of San Diego approved legislation to reduce single-use plastics and experienced a reduction in the burden the products have in city’s waste management system.

The commission is expected to return at a later date with a formal presentation and a proposed ordinance.

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