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Oakland, Richmond limit plastic straws

Oakland and Richmond have both passed ordinances limiting the distribution of single-use plastic straws at restaurants and bars.
Oakland’s law, brought forward by city councilman Abel Guillen , requires that bars and restaurants only give out single-use plastic straws and stirrers to customers upon request. Richmond’s law, brought forward by Mayor Tom Butt, prohibits all plastic straws and stirrers. Both were passed Tuesday
“Plastic straws pose a long term threat to marine life, waterways and natural habitats such as Lake Merritt, and eventually local residents by way of food consumption and collateral environmental effects,” Guillen said in a statement. “There are easy, convenient and economical ways around this environmental health problem, like ‘straw on request only’ rules, and Oakland should be a leader in this effort.”
Both ordinances apply to all food establishments, and allow for compostable straws to be given out.
While drafting the Oakland ordinance, Guillen talked with some restaurateurs who were on board with it, he said. Shakewell along Lakeshore Avenue had already started using paper straws, and Luka’s Taproom and Lounge in Uptown staff said the limit would make it easier for them to start using compostable straws, Guillen said.
Alameda, Davis, Manhattan Beach and Santa Cruz County have adopted similar plastic straw regulations.

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