After years in the making, the socialist utopia of Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and eating utensils has become law.
The total ban makes the Emerald City the first major metropolitan area in the nation to implement such prohibitions and there are going to be many more coming due to the socialist composition of the Seattle City Council which continues to impose its will on residents.
As the only major U.S. city to feature a statue of Soviet tyrant Vladimir I. Lenin, Seattle is a big driver of such grand plans as raising taxes to crush residents to subsidize the homeless and is on the cutting edge of municipalities that are waging total war on the Trump administration with a series of lawsuits that waste the taxpayers’ money to settle political scores.
Like the banning of gay conversion therapy, the war on plastic straws is a rallying cause of the demented left which thanks to the radical shift of Democrats could be shut out of political power nationally for decades.
Via The Associated Press “Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensil now in effect”:
Looking for a straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.
Neither are plastic utensils in a push to reduce marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.
The Seattle Times reports that it’s believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service.
Seattle Public Utilities says a 2008 ordinance has phased out various plastic products from the food industry. Businesses can use compostable utensils, straws and cocktail picks.
Advocates say plastic items can’t be recycled and many single-use plastics end up in the ocean, polluting the water and harming sea life.
There will be fines after an initial adjustment period.
Some details courtesy of the Seattle Times:
Q: What is banned?
A: Food service businesses are no longer able to provide plastic straws and utensils — including forks, spoons, knives, and cocktail picks. Instead, on request, they may provide approved compostable alternatives for dine-in service, and compostable or recyclable take-out packaging. Though compostable plastic straws are allowed, environmental groups advocate using compostable paper-based straws. Counted among food service businesses are restaurants, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, cafeterias, and grocery stores.
Q: When does the ban take effect?
A: Businesses were expected to use existing inventory of plastic utensils and straws before July 1. Those that could not can contact Seattle Public Utilities to discuss “a compliance schedule.”
This ban comes a decade after the city first adopted an ordinance in 2008 to require that all one-time-use food service items be recyclable or compostable.
The use of Styrofoam packaging in food service was banned in 2009. Food service businesses were required to use compostable or recyclable food serviceware in 2010, provide recycling and compost bins, and sign up for collection service. Seattle Public Utilities exempted plastic utensils and straws due to a lack of compostable alternatives. Now that the market has caught up, that exemption is expiring at the end of June.
The really bad news? More cities are expected to follow Seattle’s example soon.