New York City might be the latest major metropolitan to enact a ban on plastic straws. City Council legislators introduced a bill that would force restaurants and retailers to use biodegradable stirrers and straws.
Several other cities including Seattle and Miami Beach have already voted to enact such bans over concerns for the straws’ impact on the environment. City Council members believe the law would behoove the environment without negatively impacting businesses.
"The straw stays in our environment without decomposing for hundreds of years," City Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn), told the New York Daily News. "We're seeing cities across the country and the globe phasing out plastic straws, and it has no impact on the consumer or small business."
Restaurants caught violating the ban would face fines from $100 to $400. The city is also considering a ban on single use plastic bottles near public areas such as parks and beaches. Learn more, here.
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