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California: The first US State to ban Plastic Straws in restaurants

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NEW YORK (Scrap Register): The Governor of California Jerry Brown signed a bill which prevents restaurants wait staff from giving plastic straws to customers, Customers will have to ask wait staff for a straw if they want to sip on their iced tea, but warned that the law, which comes into effect on 1 January, would be limited in its range.

California is the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants, the law only applies to the state’s dine-in restaurants, which means it excludes cafes, fast-food outlets and businesses which provide takeaway options.

The bill comes as many hospitality firms and restaurant groups in the US have already begun to phase out the use of plastic straws on their premises.

Hilton Hotel group is planing to remove plastic straws from all managed hotels around the world by the end of 2018, as well as axing plastic water bottles from its conference rooms.

Bacardi was among the first to call time on plastic straws and stirrers, banning their use across its events in 2016 in an effort to reduce waste as part of its ‘Good Spirited’ campaign.

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