In an article published on September 24, 2018, by news provider EcoWatch, reporter Olivia Rosane informed that the U.S. State of California has adopted a law that bans plastic straws in dine-in restaurants. The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed the legislation on September 20, 2018. The law will enter into force on January 1, 2019, and “prohibits restaurants from providing straws unless a customer requests one,” Rosane explained. However, the law “covers only sit-down eateries, not fast food restaurants, delis or coffee shops,” she further noted.
Governor Brown stated: “It is a very small step to make a customer who wants a plastic straw ask for it” and “we must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.”
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Sophia Bollag (September 20, 2018). “Next year in California, you’ll have to ask for that straw.” KQED
American Chemistry Council (September 21, 2018). “California straw legislation will help reduce waste.”