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STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater Removing All Single-Use Plastic Straws


Effective October 1st at STAPLES Center and September 17th
at Microsoft Theater, all single-use plastic straws will officially be
removed from the venues alongside their food and beverage partner Levy.
Both venues will no longer provide plastic straws to guests who order
beverages that traditionally have been served with a plastic single-use
straw, upon request paper straws will be provided. A limited number of
plastic straws will be available to guests with special needs.

"STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater are eager to join the movement
towards reducing plastic pollution. As home to four professional sports
franchises, concerts, family shows, numerous award shows and other high
profile events, our venues have a responsibility to lead the way in the
sports and live entertainment industry by continuing to grow our best
practices and stay environmentally conscious," said Lee Zeidman,
President, STAPLES Center & Microsoft Theater. "As we continue to
operate in the most environmentally conscious way, we also understand
that recycling cannot be the only way to divert waste from landfills and
finding eco-friendly alternatives at the source is equally important. By
removing single-use plastic straws from our venue we continue our
significant efforts towards environmental responsibility."

"This is an incredible opportunity for our guests to join us in making a
meaningful environmental impact through the removal of single-use
plastic straws," said Payman Khania, Vice President of Hospitality for
Levy. "Few businesses can match the scope or impact of STAPLES Center
and Microsoft Theater in making this transition, and we're excited to
contribute to these buildings' leadership in sustainability while
continuing to provide a terrific guest experience."

The move away from single-use plastic straws is expected to remove over
500,000 plastic straws a year from ending up in landfills. Most
recently, California lawmakers on Thursday, August 23, sent Governor
Jerry Brown a measure that supporters say would make California the
first state to ban full-service restaurants from giving out single-use
plastic straws unless customers request them. Democratic California
Assemblyman Ian Calderon described his measure, AB1884, as a small step
towards reducing plastic use and fighting pollution.

STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater and Levy will partner to responsibly
dispose of the single-use plastic straws currently in inventory at the
venues. Unused straws will either be donated to organizations
representing individuals with special needs requiring the use of straws
or will be recycled.

For more information on STAPLES Center's sustainability efforts please

For more information on Microsoft Theater sustainability efforts please

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