Seattle Bans Plastic Straws, Utensils At All Food Service Businesses

Seattle Bans Plastic Straws, Utensils At All Food Service Businesses

Seattle, Washington became the first major city in the United States to issue an all-out ban on plastic straws, forks, and knives over the weekend; barring restaurants and shops from using the utensils to help protect the local environment.

Businesses that don't comply with the ban can now face a $250 fine.

Seattle has been slowly banning restaurants from giving out disposable food containers and other single-use food service items since 2009.

Seattle is believed to be the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities.

Seattleites will still probably see plastic straws around town for the next couple months, as plenty of businesses are still scrambling to make the switch to their compostable counterparts.

Seattle Public Utilities says a 2008 ordinance has phased out various plastic products from the food industry.


And making paper straws creates more air pollution - plus you often have to use more than one, after the first gets too soggy.

Moscrip said that he converted his restaurant over to compostable products in 2015 anyway, because it was 'the right thing to do.' These days, environmentally friendly straws and utensils are only about 10 per cent more expensive than the alternative.

The National Park Service estimates 500 million straws are used by Americans each day. Then, a customer should be given a compostable option, according to Seattle Public Utilities.

California's Legislature is considering statewide restrictions, but not an outright ban, on single-use plastic straws. First articulated in September of a year ago, the new ban officially went into effect on Sunday.

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

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