Seattle Drinking Straw and Plastic Utensil Ban Now in Effect
July 1st, Seattle became the first major U.S. city to actually ban the dispensing and use of plastic standard drinking straws as well as plastic forks, under a new law designed to reportedly reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in the city's water ways and streets.
According to multiple sources, you won't be able to get a plastic straw when you visit any public eatery-from an espresso stand to a fancy restaurant.
Same goes for getting a plastic fork or spoon to eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Click here to see the City of Seattle's LONG list of recycling demands and now the ban on the plastic.
According to city officials, they've had a problem with these items ending up in water ways, even clogging some drains and sewers, hence, the need for a ban.
So the next time you order syrup and pancakes at McDonalds or Burger King, guess you will have to bring your own, or use your fingers. And enjoy the adventures of drinking a soda on the go without a lid and straw.
Critics say the city should be putting this kind of effort into dealing with it's exploding homeless problem rather than worry about drinking straws.
Oh--and they can't use those styrofoam containers for leftovers either effective July 1st. So bring your own plastic Tupperware?