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Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils, do first large U.S. city

Starting in July, the Seattle restaurants, the provision of plastic banned Cutlery or straws to the customers.

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Seattle has officially prohibit the first large U.S. city, the restaurants of the task, plastic straws and utensils, to help customers in an effort to the environment.

1. July, restaurants in Emerald are now time-barred, the customer plastic straws, cocktail picks or Cutlery, unless someone wishes to explicitly. Then, a customer with a compostable option, according to Seattle Public Utilities.

With 5,000 food-service providers in the Seattle area, is adopted in the first major city in the US, which reported such a ban, KIRO-TV.

“Plastic pollution exceeds pre-crisis level, in the oceans of the world, and I’m proud to be in Seattle on the way and sets an example for the nation by the adoption of a plastic straw ban,” Mami Hara, general manager of the Seattle Public Utilities, told KOMO News.

The National Park Service estimates that 500 million straws are of Americans every day.

The Seattle ban actually began with a regulation to ban the use of one-time-use food service positions in 2008, but the city has allowed exemptions for certain items every year since. For example, Styrofoam food packaging in 2009, was banned, according to the Seattle Times. But because of the market, plastic Cutlery and straws were straws, except in the case of Seattle’s ban, until now, the newspaper reported.

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Restaurants were invited, existing supplies of plastic straws and utensils, before July. If this deadline could not be met in the restaurants were asked to verify, in Seattle Public Utilities to come up with a different schedule.

Apart from the ban, Seattle’s food service businesses are also required to have storage tank for compo, tables, and valuable substances, which entered into force in 2010.

Restaurants that do not comply with Seattle regulations, a $250 fine.

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Duke Moscrip, the founder and CEO of Duke’s Seafood and Chowder, told KIRO that the restaurant switched to, compostable straws, and Cutlery, about three years ago. Then the products were “30 to 40 percent more expensive,” he said.

“It is now about 10 percent. But we did it anyway, to do only because it is the right thing to do,” Moscrip said.

According to the Seattle Times, flexible plastic straws are available to customers, you have to be for a medical reason.

Bon Appétit Management Company was the first U.S. food-to prohibit service of the company earlier this year, single-use plastic straws in Restaurants, according to Greenpeace.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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