Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

Seattle plastic straw utensil ban takes effect

Seattle plastic straw utensil ban takes effect

Screenshot via YouTube/Lonley WhaleSeattle continues to play its role as an incubator of bad policy ideas by imposing the nation's first ban on plastic straws.

Seattle has officially become the first major US city to ban restaurants from giving plastic straws and utensils to customers in an effort to help the environment.

San Francisco and Berkeley are among the Bay Area cities that have considered a ban on plastic straws.

In addition to restaurants, the plastic straw and utensils ban also applies to delis, coffee shops, food trucks, cafeterias and grocery stores, the Seattle Times reports.

About 10 years ago, Seattle banned all noncompostable or nonrecyclable one-time-use food service items, but made an exception for straws and utensils because of a lack of viable alternatives at the time. Nor does any serious research justify targeting straws: The oft-cited figure that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day comes from a survey conducted by a 9-year-old.


Businesses that don't comply may face a fine of up to $250, but city officials say they will work with businesses to make the changes. And, in 2015, a video of a sea turtle found with a plastic straw embedded in its nose went viral.

Seattle has been slowly banning restaurants from giving out disposable food containers and other single-use food service items since 2009. Though compostable plastic straws are allowed, environmental groups advocate using compostable paper-based straws.

The ban came into effect Sunday-and isn't just limited to straws.

New York City and Los Angeles are said to be considering a similar ban on non-compostable straws and utensils.

The full ban went into effect on July 1, a decade after the city first introduced a measure requiring restaurants to use only recyclable and compostable materials.

Recommended News

  • Knox eyes Open title after Irish glory

    Knox eyes Open title after Irish glory

    Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox hits the "perfect link shot" on the 7th hole. I felt a lot better about it so that was great. Rory McIlroy shot 71 and was 2 under overall.
    Vettel wrecks Hamilton's home party with stunning Ferrari win

    Vettel wrecks Hamilton's home party with stunning Ferrari win

    He expanded further in the post race press conference, where race victor Sebastian Vettel sat between him and Raikkonen. Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished seventh for Force India, who are now level on points with McLaren and ahead on podiums.
    Prince Louis to be christened by Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday

    Prince Louis to be christened by Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday

    What will Prince Louis wear at his christening? Kate Middleton has been wearing the same brand for her children's christening. The tiny royal will be christened at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, where Prince George was christened in 2013.
  • Liverpool transfer rumours: Nabil Fekir, Jack Grealish

    Liverpool transfer rumours: Nabil Fekir, Jack Grealish

    The Premier League side are still keen on resurrecting the move but Aulas is confident that Fekir will remain at the squad. France face Belgium in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

    Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

    Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles. It was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Martinique and was racing west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).
    David Davis steps down as Brexit secretary

    David Davis steps down as Brexit secretary

    Theresa May has faced down the Brexiteers in her Cabinet to win agreement on a new plan for a " business friendly " UK-EU trade deal .
  • Subasic plays through injury, comes up big again for Croatia

    Subasic plays through injury, comes up big again for Croatia

    We will find extra motivation, extra everything, whatever is necessary". However, Iniesta's presence couldn't see Spain into the last eight.
    Rohit Sharma becomes second player to score three T20I centuries

    Rohit Sharma becomes second player to score three T20I centuries

    He dismissed Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan , the returning Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow all after conceding 22 off his first over. Chahar bowled a superb slower ball to spoil Roy's timing, only to feather an edge to wicketkeeper star MS Dhoni .
    Netflix is testing some new plans. Here's what they do

    Netflix is testing some new plans. Here's what they do

    Before, Netflix was going on about with its three-tier subscription that included the Basic, Standard and the Premium. But if you want the best out of your Netflix subscription, you must be willing to pay a bit more in the near future.
  • Gal Gadot dresses as Wonder Woman to surprise kids at children's hospital

    Gal Gadot dresses as Wonder Woman to surprise kids at children's hospital

    Gadot recently paid a visit to the hospital in full costume as the Amazonian warrior princess. Out of the several films tied into the DCEU, Wonder Woman has been the most praised, by far.

    Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl

    Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea. Barbadians can breathe a sigh of relief, as the island is no longer under Tropical Storm Watch.
    Daniel Cormier calls out Brock Lesnar after dominant UFC heavyweight title win

    Daniel Cormier calls out Brock Lesnar after dominant UFC heavyweight title win

    I don't know how far they are in the process, but he's going to pop up on the board [on the USADA website] on Monday or Tuesday. Cormier finished off Miocic with a series of punches to end the fight with 27 seconds left in the first frame.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.