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The last straw for Delaware North

Would you like a straw with that? Then you'd better ask for one.

Delaware North Cos. will stop handing out straws with drinks at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the rest of its more than 200 eateries across the country. Straws will still be available on request.

Dubbed "The Last Straw" campaign, it's aimed at reducing plastic waste as part of the Buffalo-headquartered company's environmental stewardship efforts. The company goes through about 8.1 million plastic drinking straws a year, including more than 390,000 of them at the Buffalo airport alone.

The straw initiative will start at the company's travel properties, then expand throughout its entire portfolio of sports, hospitality, restaurant, catering, park, resort, gaming and retail venues around the world.

Delaware North's GreenPath environmental program, launched in the early 1990s, focuses on managing the company's environmental impact with guidelines for energy and water consumption, waste management and other best practices.

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