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Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils begins in July

June 20, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils goes into effect next month as part of the city’s efforts to push business to use recyclable or compostable food service items.

KING-TV reports businesses that sell food or drinks will not be allowed to offer the plastic items starting in July.

The ban is part of a 2008 city ordinance requiring recyclable or compostable food service items. The Seattle Public Utilities has given a year-by-year exemption for several plastic items since the ordinance was enacted.

Businesses that fail to comply with the ordinance could face $250 fines.

Seattle Public Utilities General Manager Mami Hara says she’s “proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban.”

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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