Roscommon town declared ‘plastic straw free’ after successful campaign

Roscommon is one of the first towns in Ireland to become free of plastic straws.

Plastic straws have been identified as one of the 10 most common pieces of rubbish polluting oceans, they cannot be recycled and last for 200 years.

With over 30 businesses involved, the Straws Suck initiative is supported by the town’s cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and cinema, with Supermac’s in Roscommon town the first in Ireland to switch to paper straws.

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The campaign has received support from the Roscommon Chamber of Commerce, the Roscommon Branch of VFI, and is sponsored by Roscommon County Council.

Young people from Kilteevan Tidy Towns gathered over 1,000 signatures and petitioned businesses to get involved.

One of the group, James Mooney explains why they took it on.