Lakers News: Staples Center Removing Single-Use Plastic Straws For 2018-19 NBA Season
2016-17 Los Angeles Lakers Promotional Giveaways
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, all Los Angeles Lakers games and other events at Staples Center will have a bit of a different feel. The arena announced plans to remove single-use plastic straws in effort to reduce plastic pollution.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH 🔥🔥🔥

The initiative also extends to the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, where the policy will take effect on Monday, Sept. 17. Both venues will no longer provide plastic straws to guests who order beverages that have traditionally been served with a single-use straw.

Paper straws will be provided to guests upon request. Doing away with single-use straws is expected to eliminate more than 500,000 plastic straws per year that have ended up in landfills.

A limited number of plastic straws will be available to guests with special needs. Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and Levy will partner to responsibly dispose of the single-use plastic straws at each venue.

Unused straws will be donated to organizations representing individuals with special needs that require the use of straws, or they will be recycled.

Lawmakers recently sent Governor Jerry Brown a measure that would make California the first state to ban full-service restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless they are requested by patrons.

Staples Center has regularly been at the forefront of operating responsibly. In 2010 they became the first arena to develop an Environmental Management System. Staples Center efforts also include utilizing solar panels that generate renewable energy, an LED sports lighting system, and waterless urinals.

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

You May Also Like

Lakers Will Not Use Stretch Provision On Steve Nash

[new_royalslider id=”308″] This past season, Steve Nash only appeared in 15 games…

Lakers vs. Cavaliers Pre-Game Report: Lakers Seek Third Road Win

After a loss at home to the Utah Jazz, the Lakers will…

Lakers Nation Presents The 2014 Office Roundtable Mock Draft

[new_royalslider id=”299″] The 2014 NBA Draft is one of the most anticipated…

Ebanks Recalled As Another Laker Gets Injured & The Top NBA News

Top Story The Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a win last night…