Straws are Out, The Environment is In at Asbury Park Boardwalk Restaurants

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Asbury Park, New Jersey-- Clean Water Action, in partnership with the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is launching a “Straws by Request” program this Memorial Day Weekend. Participating establishments include Oyster Bar, The Anchor's Bend, Beach Bar and Wonder Bar. Drinking straws will be given to customers only by request. Look for the signage and educational postcards located at both the entrance, tabletops and the bars. Clean Water Action and the Asbury Park Boardwalk encourage all customers to participate.

"Asbury Park Boardwalk and its participating restaurants have chosen to be part of the solution to marine debris, local litter, and storm water pollution," stated Jenny Vickers Chyb, Communications Manager, Clean Water Action. "Through this program, we can help prevent plastic waste on our beaches and get everyone to think twice about whether they need a straw to enjoy their cool drink at the Jersey Shore. We hope Rethink DisposableTM will be contagious, not just in Asbury Park, but in all Jersey Shore towns."

This initiative is part of Clean Water Action's larger national Rethink Disposable TM program. Clean Water Action has a proven successful track record working with restaurants and institutions to voluntarily reduce waste caused by single-use disposables (SUDs), such as plastic straws, cutlery, plates, water bottles and foam take out containers. In doing so, they have reduced their environmental footprint and cost of waste disposal and supply purchases, while increasing customer satisfaction and demand for greener-conscious restaurants.

The U.S. consumes 500 million straws a day, an amount that could circle the planet more than two-and-a-half times. Straws are made from petroleum, a toxic and polluting non-renewable resource, and are one of the top ten marine debris items found on our beaches. There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. At least 690 wildlife species have encountered marine debris.

The Rethink Disposable TM  program in New Jersey is funded by an agreement awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

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Clean Water Action is a one million-member nationwide organization with more than 100,000 New Jersey members. Clean Water Action works to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Clean Water Action fights for clean water, environmental justice, and environmentally safe jobs and businesses.

Madison Marquette has long been driving the redevelopment of the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Building upon Asbury’s storied history and deep creative vibe, Madison Marquette tirelessly seeks to enhance the luster of this “city by the sea” with a diverse collection boutiques, restaurants and events all happening on one of the most beautiful waterfronts on the Eastern seaboard. With 1.5 miles of beachfront, within 75 minutes of both New York City and Philadelphia, the Asbury Park Boardwalk redevelopment now features nearly 80,000 square feet of retail space – including seven successful and unique full scale restaurants and lounges, numerous specialty food concepts and a growing collection of innovative independent merchants and purveyors with more on the way. Visit us on the web at The Asbury Park Boardwalk. Madison Marquette is a private real estate investment and operating company and a member of the global investment firm Capital Guidance. Founded in 1992, the firm employs a proven repositioning and redevelopment strategy to create value in infill and mixed-use assets in major urban gateway markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette enhances returns while mitigating risk by directly controlling and managing the execution of its investment strategies. With more than 220 employees, Madison Marquette covers major U.S. markets through its offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Asbury Park, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit us on the web at Madison Marquette.

Jenny Vickers Chyb
Adam Nelson