Of all things to keep out of the waste stream, they pick the tiniest item? There aren't enough decimal points to calculate the percentage of waste that plastic straws make up.
I've participated in a lot of beach clean-ups, it's a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
I don't remember plastic straws being a big factor. I do recall that most of what we were picking up came in from the surface of the ocean, obviously from fishing boats or cruise ships. Any food packaging waste is faded and deteriorated from the sun and salt water and was obviously out there for a long time. It's not as though people go to the beach and leave
cups and straws in the sand.
Environmentalist wackos start every initiative with the question. "How can we cause maximum discomfort in other people's lives?"
McDonald’s pushed to ban plastic straws in the United States – Orange County Register