Seattle has officially banned restaurants from giving customers plastic straws with their drinks for environmental reasons, becoming the first major United States city to do so.
Restaurants that do not comply with Seattle's regulations could face a $250 fine.
The ban impacts over 5,000 restaurants and food providers in the region.
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.
Customers in Seattle will no longer be able to use plastic straws, utensils, or cups when they dine out, after a new ordinance took effect Sunday in the Pacific Northwest city, the Seattle Times reported.
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Q: Why did Seattle ban single-use plastic straws and utensils?
The law prohibits all food-service businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, delis, and pubs, from offering any disposable straw or utensil to patrons unless they specifically request one.
The Seattle Times reports that it's believed to be the first major USA city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service.
Environmental groups say that of the two options, compostable paper straws are preferred to compostable plastic straws, because the paper straws can biodegrade in the ocean, while the plastic ones won't. Maybe you've seen that video of the sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged in its nostril, or read about the whale that died after eating a plastic DVD case. City officials said most customers will say "no" if asked if they want a straw. Food service businesses can make flexible plastic straws available to people who need them for medical reasons.