EL SERENO, Calif. (KABC) -- Starting this week, California State University, Los Angeles has banned some plastic items on campus for sustainability.
"At first I didn't believe it when they were saying it," Lusine Aleksanian, a Cal State LA student, said.
Food vendors on campus will no longer offer plastic bags or straws. Instead, alternatives like paper bags and straws will be offered.
"But now that I don't see any plastic, I'm happy," Aleksanian said.
University officials say this is, "a major step in an ambitious initiative to become a zero-waste university."
"They were like, 'you want a bag?' but I was waiting for a plastic bag," Karina Sixto, a Cal State LA student, said when she bought lunch at the cafeteria. "I was surprised about the straws too."
The ban is part of a new California State University system policy. By 2023, all 23 CSU campuses will be plastic-free.
"I think it's amazing, especially for the environment," J.P. Sanchez, a Cal State LA student, said. "So much plastic in our oceans, it's really sad to see."
Styrofoam food containers will be gone by 2021 and single-use plastic water bottles in 2023.
"I'm happy the school made that change, because I feel the students don't want to take that responsibility." Aleksanian said. "But, when the change is happening you have no choice but to adjust."
Cal State LA bans plastic bags and straws on campus