ATLANTIC CITY — As a part of an ongoing national trend, the owners of The Claridge Hotel announced they will begin to phase out the use of plastic straws starting next year.

TJM Hotels and Resorts, a division of TJM Properties, said Tuesday that the company is committed to eliminating plastic straws from the hotels to better the environment and prevent pollution.

According to a news release, all four hotel properties in the Northeast, including Radisson and Crowne Plaza Suite hotels in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, will no longer serve plastic straws beginning Jan 1.

Environmental groups have urged businesses and individuals from using single-use plastics, like straws, utensils and shopping bags, which have polluted water ways and harmed sea life.

“We hope to set an example, especially in Atlantic City for other hotels to step up and do what’s right for the community and iconic beach that our hotel guests enjoy each day,” Vice President of Operations A. Cem Erenler said in a news release.

The strawless initiative is the beginning of larger sustainability plans the company will launch in 2020.

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