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Starbucks announced in the past week that it’s eliminating plastic straws at all its locations.  

The Seattle-based coffee chain will offer biodegradable alternatives. It’s part of a national effort by many restaurants to cut down on so-called “single-use items.”  

Here in Nevada, at the MGM resorts, straws are now being given out to customers only if they ask for one. MGM estimates this will save 100-million straws a year from being trashed. 

We talk with Cindy Ortega. She oversees MGM’s environmental sustainability efforts.

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Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Corporate Sustainability Division of MGM Resorts International.

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