City Council President proposes a "Plastic-Free Yonkers"Posted: Updated:
The Yonkers City Council president says his daughter has inspired him to push a new legislative measure to protect the environment.
In an op-ed for the Yonkers Times, President Mike Khader is proposing a "Plastic-Free Yonkers."
Part of his plan would require restaurants and stores in the city to provide alternatives to plastic straws, while still allowing customers with a valid reason to request one.
Khader says single-use plastics, like straws, are one of the biggest polluters of the environment and contributors to climate change. “This started when my daughter asked me if I knew how long it takes for plastic to break down – 450 years – something that spurred me to stop giving out plastic water bottles at events, and now, I’m taking the next step.”
Khader says the legislation will help the city make lasting, sustainable changes, without affecting residents’ quality of life or being overly burdensome to businesses. He says the law will complement next year’s state-wide plastic bag ban passed earlier this year by lawmakers in Albany.