Published: Пн, Июля 09, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Seattle first big city to ban straws

Seattle first big city to ban straws

Starting in July, Seattle banned restaurants from providing plastic utensils or straws to customers. Since there are now "multiple manufacturers of approved compostable utensils and straws", those items' plastic counterparts will no longer get a pass, the city said in its notice.

Seattle just became the first USA city to impose the trendy ban, and NY may soon follow suit, with Mayor Bill de Blasio backing an anti-straw City Council bill.

The ordinance, which went into effect Sunday, prohibits restaurants, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, cafeterias and grocery stores from providing the plastic items to customers. In late May, Chile became the first South American country to ban businesses from using plastic bags, and the European Union is working on banning some single-use plastic products.

'Plastic pollution is surpassing crisis levels in the world's oceans, and I'm proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban, ' Seattle Public Utilities general manager Mami Hara told KOMO News. If they end up in the ocean, they're just as likely to harm sea creatures as plastic ones.

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The ban impacts over 5,000 restaurants and food providers in the region. In 2009, Styrofoam was banned.

Duke Moscrip, founder and CEO of Duke's Seafood and Chowder, told KIRO that his restaurant switched to compostable straws and utensils about three years ago. Though compostable plastic straws are allowed, environmental groups advocate using compostable paper-based straws.

Proposals to ban plastic straws are being considered in other cities, including NY and San Francisco.

According to the Strawless Ocean campaign, straws can ruin loads of recycling because majority aren't heavy enough to make it through industrial recycling sorters. First articulated in September of previous year, the new ban officially went into effect on Sunday.

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