Seattle plastic straw, utensil ban takes effect

Any of Seattle’s 5,000 restaurants found to be violating the ban could face a fine of up to $250

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Seattle on Sunday became the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils.

The full ban went into effect on July 1, a decade after the city first introduced a measure requiring restaurants to use only recyclable and compostable materials.

Plastic straws and utensils were originally exempt from the ban because of a lack of viable compostable alternatives.

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