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Brian O’Neill: Stopping straw waste is just the start

“My Sunday column largely concerned my loathing of the common practice of restaurant servers plunking plastic straws in our water glasses. It’s as if we’re children, and it’s reached the point that Americans reportedly toss out 500 million plastic straws each day (all of which are still out there, buried or floating or just litter somewhere). . .

Turns out straws are just the plastic tip of Mount Trashburgh. Rebecca Bykoski, restaurant program manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh, met me for coffee downtown at Corner Mercantile, where the coffee stirrers are wood, the bags are paper, the straws are optional and patrons somehow manage.

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