Florida’s Fifth Largest City Votes To Ban Plastic Straws By 2020
By Zach Clark // December 17, 2018
2019 – Restaurants can only give plastic straws upon request; total ban in 2020
ABOVE VIDEO: The St. Petersburg City Council recently voted to ban the single-use of plastic straws inside the ‘Sunshine City’, beginning in 2020.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The St. Petersburg City Council recently voted to ban the single-use of plastic straws inside the ‘Sunshine City’, beginning in 2020.
Until 2020, restaurants will only give out straws to customers if they ask for them starting next month.
Restaurants who are found to violate the ban will be fined.
The Tampa Bay Times has reported the ban has exemptions built in for hospitals, fast food drive-thrus, grocery stores and convenience stores.
In addition to the ban, a plastic foam foam restriction will also go into effect in 2019, but is only limited to those working on public land.
St. Petersburg becomes the third-known city in Florida to have a plastic straw ban. Fort Myers and Miami Beach also have a related ban of plastic straws.
The following is a list of cities in that now have a plastic straw ban in place:
Manhattan Beach, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Fort Myers, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
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