With a stroke of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pen last week, California has become the first state to bar full-service restaurants from handing out drinking straws to customers unless specifically requested.
The law takes effect the first of the year, but many Pasadena eateries have already begun implementing the change. And authorities are keeping a watchful eye on developments in the restaurant business as the pioneering legislation — meant to keep plastic waste out of landfills and the ocean — plays out.
Many restaurateurs and environmentalists agree that the so-called straw ban will not suck profits out of businesses’ bottom lines. But environmental advocates have asked whether the measure, authored by Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Industry, goes far enough, or is merely grasping at proverbial straws.
Some restaurants may opt to replace plastic drinking straws with plastic, coffee cup-style sipper lids to comply with the law. And attacking plastic waste in the form of plastic straws will help, rather than hinder, the restaurants affected by the law.
California Restaurant Association spokeswoman Sharokina Shams said some local businesses aren’t waiting for the policy to become official. “The new law takes effect on January 1, but if you’ve eaten out recently in Pasadena or anywhere else, what you know is that some restaurants have already made this change, The CRA offered no opposition to the law, ” she said.
Also according to Sham, If you run a full-service restaurant, you certainly will have to train your staff to know how to abide by the new law because the new law does come with some fines. Violations result in two warning, followed by fines of $25 per day.
Courtesy of Pasadena Now – By Bryam Day with David Cross
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