Looking for a straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.
Neither are plastic utensils in a push to reduce marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.
The Seattle Times reports that it’s believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service.
Seattle Public Utilities says a 2008 ordinance has phased out various plastic products from the food industry. Businesses can use compostable utensils, straws and cocktail picks.
Seattle has banned single-use plastic straws and utensils from all of its 5,000 restaurants, as of July 1 https://t.co/VQKILtLNUV
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) July 2, 2018
Advocates say plastic items can’t be recycled, and many single-use plastics end up in the ocean, polluting the water and harming sea life.
— #Q13FOX (@Q13FOX) July 2, 2018
Businesses that don’t comply may face a fine of up to $250.
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