Some downtown Augusta restaurants say goodbye to straws

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Next week, some downtown Augusta restaurants will take on "the last straw" challenge for the month of April

Under the challenge, some of your favorite places to eat and drink will stop putting straws in drinks, unless patrons ask for them. It's an effort to cut down on trash in the area.

If the patron does request a straw, they'll be given one that's completely compostable and made from corn.

Operation Clean City is leading the charge. They do weekly cleanups around the city and say plastic straws are by far the most common trash they find.

"We'll give you compostable straws for free for a month, but first you don't give customers straws in the first place, so we don't have to clean so many up. But if someone really wants or needs to use one, we'll give them a better alternative," says Paula Meyer, the outreach coordinator with Operation Clean City.

Some of the restaurants signed up to take the challenge is New Moon Cafe, Stillwater Taphouse, Bee's Knees, The Hive, Craft and Vine and Farmhaus.