Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils begins in July
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.”
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/