Proposal to Regulate Plastic Straws Causes Angst in Madison, Wis.

Author:Suny Group

Disability rights advocates are concerned that a proposal to regulate single-use plastic straws in Madison, Wis., could “increase stigmatization” of people with limited mobility. In addition, a restaurant industry group in the city is concerned the proposed ordinance would “unnecessarily micromanage local businesses.”

According to The Capital Times, the chairman of the city’s Disability Rights Commission said plastic straws are a necessity for people with limited mobility. The commissioner added that more sustainable alternatives to plastic straws, like paper, disintegrate quickly for someone who may consume liquids slowly and metal straws are not conducive for drinking hot beverages.

Under the ordinance, which would affect table service restaurants, businesses could still provide single-use plastic straws to takeout customers.