California Passes Bill Banning Plastic Straws

California becomes the first state to ban plastic straws in full service restaurants

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California Passes Bill Banning Plastic Straws

California bans restaurants from automatically serving plastic straws.

California bans restaurants from automatically serving plastic straws.

Photo by Gracie Killgore

California bans restaurants from automatically serving plastic straws.

Photo by Gracie Killgore

Photo by Gracie Killgore

California bans restaurants from automatically serving plastic straws.

Gracie Killgore, Op/Ed Editor

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Sept. 21, 2018— The state of California passed a bill yesterday that banned full-service restaurants from automatically supplying plastic straws. The bill was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday, September 20.

Restaurants will only be permitted to dispense plastic straws if the customer specifically asks for one. However, this law does not concern fast food restaurants or gas stations and begins to take effect on January 1, 2019.

Governor Brown believes this law will be beneficial to the environment. “Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking our planet,” said Brown in a statement.

California is currently the first state to pass a bill regarding these changes, although more cities and states are expected to follow. Cities such as Seattle have also enforced laws concerning the banning of plastic, including prohibiting the use of plastic utensils. Restaurants who do not follow the new law in California will be given two warnings prior to receiving a find of $300 per year.

Some lawmakers who are in favor of the law believe the ban to be a start to reducing waste and pollution found in the ocean. However, some critics believe the law will not have a major impact on the environment and could negatively affect restaurants.

Gracie Killgore

Gracie joined The Flightline in January of 2018. She is a junior this year, involved in tennis, HOSA and FBLA . Outside of school, she enjoys online shopping, hanging out with friends and watching Netflix. You can email her at [email protected]