L.A. City Council Takes Step Toward Making Plastic Straws Available Only on Request

Plastic straws in plastic cups are seen in a file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Plastic straws in plastic cups are seen in a file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

The city of Los Angeles took a step Tuesday toward limiting the availability of single-use plastic straws in restaurants, joining the state and a slew of smaller cities that have approved similar restrictions.

The measure, which was approved by the City Council 12-0, asks for an ordinance to be drafted that requires all dining establishments to give out plastic straws only by request, and studies a complete ban in the future.

L.A.’s proposed measure goes beyond what the state requires, but is not as strict as the outright bans in place in San Francisco and some smaller California cities.

The state prohibited full-service, dine-in restaurants from offering plastic straws to customers unless they are requested.

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