Plastic Straw Pollution

New California Law to Limit Plastic Straws in Restaurants - NBC San Diego

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Democratic lawmakers who support the policy call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution

People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under a new law.

The law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. It takes effect next year.

The law doesn't ban plastic straws outright like some cities have. San Francisco and Seattle passed bans earlier this year.

California restaurants that don't comply will get two warnings before being fined up to $300 per year. It will apply only to full-service restaurants, not fast food establishments.

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