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SeaWorld to get rid of plastic straws, plastic bags at all U.S. parks

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced the “milestone in environmental performance” and Friday.

(Reuters)

Visitors to SeaWorld are not to take home their Shamu-themed merchandise in the useful plastics bag more.

According To SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., all 12 of the parks in the United States have done away with single-use plastic straws and plastic bags.

“This landmark environmental performance is a testament of our mission to protect the environment, the ocean and the animals that we share our planet, which is currently threatened by unprecedented amounts of plastic pollution,” John Reilly, the interim chief executive officer for SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., said in a press release.

“We see the harmful effects of plastic pollution in the animals that we rescue and rehabilitate, and therefore recognize the importance of doing our part to curb plastic pollution.”

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SeaWorld’s announcement follows similar efforts from businesses working to put a ban on plastic disposable products, including Alaska Airlines and McDonald’s, the last of which announced plans to ban plastic straws from the U. K. locations as part of a test program. (A shareholder proposal for a ban on plastic straws from McDonald’s locations in the U.S., was voted down in May.)

A few of the large cities in the United States have also previously voted for a ban on plastic straws, including Miami Beach, Seattle and Malibu. The last two will issue their new regulations in July.

Non-reusable and non-reusable plastic items are also being phased out at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s other parks, including Aquatica parks, Sesame Place, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and Water Country USA.

(SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

A representative for SeaWorld, was not immediately available for comment on what will the place of the park, plastic bags and straws, although the company offers reusable bags, as shown in the image above.

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Next to SeaWorld is with 12 parks, non-reusable and non-reusable plastic items are also being phased out at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s other parks, including Aquatica parks, Sesame Place, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and Water Country USA, the company has confirmed.

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