California Lawmaker Wants to Prohibit Restaurants From Providing Plastic Straws Unless Requested

For Assemblyman Ian Calderon, it was apparently the last straw.

Straws are seen on the bar counter at a restaurant in Los Angeles in this file photo from June 28, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Straws are seen on the bar counter at a restaurant in Los Angeles in this file photo from June 28, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The Democratic legislator from Whittier read reports by environmental groups that up to 500 million plastic beverage straws are used every day in the United States and then immediately discarded, adding to the flow of trash to landfills and litter polluting lakes and beaches.

Calderon said Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation this week that would prohibit sit-down restaurants in California from providing straws to customers unless they are requested. The measure would exclude fast-food restaurants.

“How long have people know[n] that plastic is harmful to the environment? Still we all use it. This is a measured approach that helps change behavior,” Calderon wrote on Twitter.

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