Plastic Straws & Utensils Banned In Seattle Restaurants

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SEATTLE (AP) — Drinking your drink from a straw is no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.

Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect on Sunday.

The Seattle Times reports that it’s believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service.

Seattle Public Utilities says a 2008 ordinance has phased out various plastic products from the food industry. Businesses can use compostable utensils, straws and cocktail picks.

Advocates say plastic items can’t be recycled and many single-use plastics end up in the ocean, polluting the water and harming sea life.