Break the plastic straw habit during November...and beyond!
In the past twenty years, we've come to expect plastic straws in every drink, but straws are usually dropped in the garbage with no further thought, and may become plastic pollution. Greensboro is joining and building upon the momentum of waste reduction movements around the world, and make plastic straws a thing of the past.
- Join fellow Greensboro residents in saying no to plastic straws in November and beyond, take the pledge today!
- Restaurants, bars, and other organizations interested in pledging to reduce their straw use, should fill out this form to receive a No Straw November kit!
- If your establishment is not using straws or already using reusable or natural alternatives, please fill out this form and let us know so we can add you to our list.
Millions of plastic straws are used daily. Many end up in our waterways where they harm wildlife, impact water quality, and add to pollution.
Plastic straws also contaminate recycling because they are too small to capture and make into new products. Ultimately, straws reduce the value of other recyclables and end up in landfills.
Because plastic does not biodegrade, nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists. Over time, plastics break into increasingly smaller pieces called microplastics, which ultimately find their way up the food chain and into our seafood and drinking water. Your individual actions can make a big difference. Read on to find out how.
The City's Waste Reduction and Recycling Division of the Field Operations Department and the Water Resources Department are partnering with No Straw November, a national campaign to help reduce plastic straw use in communities.
Direct mailers are being sent to straw-using establishments in Greensboro to educate owners about the importance of reducing single-use plastic.
The first five food or beverage establishments that contact us before November 1, 2019 with interest in participating in the campaign will have the chance to be part of our pilot program during the month of November.
You can participate in No Straw November by saying no thanks to plastic straws and other single-use plastics at drive-throughs, restaurants, bars, and at home.
Let business owners know that you are interested in seeing fewer straws.
Print out these to give to staff and management.
November 2019 Events
- Friday 1st No Straw November Kick Off Event
- Greensboro Cultural Center 6 - 8 pm
- Speaker Madison James at 6 & 7 pm
- STRAWS the Documentary at 6:30 & 7:30 pm
- Tuesday 5th Recycling Center Tour 11 am – 12 pm*
- Thursday 7th Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour 1 – 2 pm*
- Thursday 7th Glass Recycling Update Glenn McNairy Library 7 – 8 pm
- Friday 8th White Street Landfill Tour 10:30 – 11:30 am*
- Saturday 9th Greensboro Farmers Curb Market 7 am – 12 pm
- Wednesday 13th Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour 3:30 – 4:30 am*
- Wednesday 13th Glass Recycling Update McGirt Horton 6 – 7 pm
- Wednesday 13th Waste Free Holiday: Wasteless Class Series 3 – 4:30 pm
- Thursday 14th Recycling Center Tour 10:30 – 11:30 am*
- Thursday 18th Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour 3 – 4 pm*
- Tuesday 19th White Street Landfill Tour 1 – 2 pm*
- Wednesday 20th Glass Recycling Update Kathleen Clay 7 – 8 pm
- Thursday November 21st Lake Daniel & Westerwood Neighborhood Clean up Up 4 – 6 pm Meet at 410 Mimosa Dr. Gloves & bags provided.
* Please register for tours.
Greensboro establishments are urged to join other establishment that are already using paper straws.
If your establishment is already using plastic straw alternatives, please fill out this form and let us know so we can add you to our list.
The Corner Slice
Deep Roots Market
La Bamba (State St.)
Little Ari's Japanese Kitchen
M'Coul's Public House