Convention Center Issues Plastic Straw Ban

DTLA - Plastic straws are going to be a thing of the past at the Los Angeles Convention Center in South Park.

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The LACC announced a plastic straw ban, part of an effort to make the entire building more environmentally friendly, on Nov. 9. The LACC, which draws millions of visitors annually, is partnering with in-house caterer Levy Restaurants to institute the ban. According to a news release, the center currently goes through 250,000 straws annually. Paper straws will be used only for blended coffee beverages and will be offered to people with disabilities. “Environmental sustainability is embedded in the LACC’s culture and permeates every aspect of our day-to-day operations,” said Ellen Schwartz, general manager of the LACC. The Convention Center is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group; AEG in August halted the use of plastic straws at its Staples Center and Microsoft Theater.

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