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Would like to have local business be taxed on single use plastic cups and straws like shopping bag tax to incentivize individuals byo cup

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How are you connected to Sunnyvale?

  • I live in Sunnyvale.

What type of applicant are you?

  • Community member

Stage of Development.

  • Early concept or idea (<few months of work)

What problem are you aiming to solve? (100 words)

Mass single use cups in landfills and oceans

Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)

Our oceans and landfills are filled with single use plastic cups and straws. Companies like Starbucks could help by creating a biodegradable cup but they are not. My fear is that they will do so only when the damage is so severe it may be irreversible. California has done so much work by implementing the tax on bags so that people start bringing their own bags. If we do a large tax, at least .25, per cup, this gives incentive to individuals to bring their own cups and straws to avoid the tax. Let’s be the first community to do this and watch it spread all over California and then nationwide. We should not tax biodegradable cups to incentivize companies like Starbucks to create and have as an option biodegradable cups and straws. We have to include straws as well as they are really hazardous to environment.

Evaluation results

1 evaluation so far

1. From a range of 1-5, how interested/compelled are you to bring this idea into your own life or into the city?

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2. From a range of 1-5, does this idea provide benefits aside from reducing carbon emissions?

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3. From a scale of 1-5, what do you feel is the feasibility of this idea to work well in Sunnyvale?

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4. From a range of 1-5, what is your hunch about how much this idea will cost the Sunnyvale community to implement properly?

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5 - Low cost to the community - 100%


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Photo of Ursula Syrova

This idea reflects the effort of an existing regional project called ReThink Disposables, which works with businesses to transition to reusables and demonstrates money savings.

Photo of Isabella Rosado

Hi Christa Flores - what a wonderful idea! I would love to see more information! For instance, how can we directly implement this idea here in Sunnyvale? And what expertise or resources would be we need to kickstart this project?

Have you seen the Reduce take-out plastics submission? You are both working on accomplishing a similar goal and it would be amazing if you both collaborated!