Where is the straw? Gone unless you ask for one. Welcome to California. As of this month, restaurants will no longer be allowed to automatically hand out a straw with your drink. At least some restaurants won’t be.
If you are dining in a full-service restaurant you will still be able to ask for one. The bill that was passed also doesn’t apply to fast-food spots, delis, coffee shops or restaurants with take out.
California is the first state to ban plastic straws but some cities jumped into the fray early. Seattle banned straws and plastic utensils in July. San Francisco did the same but it won’t take effect there until July 2019.
Cities Jumping In
Locally we wrote about Manhattan Beach joining Santa Monica and Malibu in their banning of straws, utensils and food containers back in April. Manhattan Beach’s ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
In the April story we asked a number of people in town their opinions on it and all were for it. Estella from the Fantastic Cafe on Main St. didn’t think it would be an issue.
“Not a big problem,” she said. “A lot of people say they will throw their container out and recycle but they don’t. We have a lot of plastic going into the ocean now.”
El Segundo hasn’t made a move on plastics yet but many restaurant owners in town said they were preparing for it.