Santa Barbara, California has become the first city in the United States to impose a possible jail sentence for those defying the municipality’s plastic straw ban; giving the green light to fine and imprison repeated offenders.
“According to the ordinance, violators on their first offense will be given a written warning notice. But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down,” writes Fox News.
The new code could place a $1,000 fine on first offenders and up to six months in prison for those who refuse to comply with the ordinance.
In contrast, Seattle -the first American city to implement such a policy- only fines businesses $250 per offense.
The strict policy comes as Starbucks -one of the nation’s largest coffee chains- unveiled its plan to phase-out the plastic straws from all of its locations over the next two years citing environmental concerns.
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LONDON FALLING: UK to Ban PLASTIC STRAWS to 'Protect the Ocean'
British Prime Minister Theresa May is taking drastic measures to help crackdown on pollution and waste; planning to introduce legislation that would ban plastic straws, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs across the United Kingdom.
The UK leader called on other Commonwealth nations to join her fight and help “protect the oceans” and “marine environment.”
“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said.
The Prime Minister added that her government plans to spend nearly $90 million on researching climate change and plastic pollution’s impact on the world’s oceans.
“Single-use plastics are a scourge on our seas and lethal to our precious environment and wildlife so it is vital we act now,” added the UK’s Environmental Secretary.
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THE FINAL STRAW: Seattle Bans Plastic Straws, Knives, Forks
Seattle, Washington became the first major city in the United States to issue an all-out ban on plastic straws, forks, and knives over the weekend; barring restaurants and shops from using the utensils to help protect the local environment.
“Starting July 1, restaurants in the Emerald City are now barred from providing customers plastic straws, cocktail picks or utensils unless someone specifically requests one. Then, a customer should be given a compostable option,” writes Fox News.
The ban impacts over 5,000 restaurants and food providers in the region.
“Plastic pollution is surpassing crisis levels in the world’s oceans, and I’m proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban,” said Mami Hara, the general manager of Seattle Public Utilities.
According to recent statistics published by the National Park Service, Americans use an estimated 500 million straws per day.