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Plastic straw ban hits Seattle next month


After 10 years since it was first introduced, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils is set to go into effect.

Beginning July 1, consumers will have to do without straws and plastic utensils, or instead embrace the alternatives: like paper-based straws and degradable forks and spoons.

The ban is expected to keep several million plastic straws from entering Seattle’s waste stream each month, according to Dune Ives of Lonely Whale. Last year, with the participation of just 150 establishments in the city, more than 2.3 million plastic straws were kept out of the waste stream in September alone, she said.

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