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A brand new regulation bars California eating places from routinely giving out single-use plastic straws with drinks, beginning subsequent year.

The invoice, which solely applies to full-service eating places, was signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. Customers who need a plastic straw nonetheless will have the ability to request them from the restaurant under the regulation.

“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Brown wrote in a signing message, in accordance with the Los Angeles Times.

“It is a really small step to make a buyer who desires a plastic straw ask for it,” Brown stated, the Times stories.

With the passage of the invoice, California turns into the first state to bar eating places from routinely giving out plastic straws. The regulation, nevertheless, is much less restrictive than some handed by cities such as Seattle.

Restaurants not in compliance with the regulation will obtain two warnings; they are often fined as much as $300 per year. The restaurant trade didn’t oppose the proposal.

It is estimated that Americans use 500 million straws per day and straws are among the many high 10 marine particles collected in the course of the International Coastal Cleanup, according to Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit group.

The anti-plastic straw motion gained momentum when a video displaying rescuers pulling a straw from a sea turtle’s nostril went viral in 2015.

Contributing: David Pan, USA TODAY; The Associated Press.

 

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