Charles Sturt University have declared the ‘last straw’ and ditched all plastic straws on campus, as of October 8.
University food and beverage manager Brett Russell said plastic straws were an issue in the environment, contributing to litter across campuses and the wider community.
“They are particularly problematic if they enter waterways where they can cause significant harm to wildlife,” he said.
“Plastic straws are literally used for a few minutes before we throw them away, and every plastic straw ever made is still somewhere on our planet, so they are never really thrown ‘away’; there is no ‘away’.”
Mr Russell said the move follows the success of the university’s ‘War on Waste’ campaign to reduce the number of disposable coffee cups sold across its campus food outlets by over 50 per cent since August 2017.
Paper straws will be available upon request for those with disabilities who might need them.