Malibu Bans Restaurants From Giving Out Plastic Straws, Stirrers and Utensils

Malibu has banned restaurants from providing plastic straws, stirrers and utensils. Via John Antczak / Associated Press

In an exciting announcement, the beach side city of Malibu has announced a ban on all plastic cutlery and straws.

The City Council unanimously voted to ban the single use plastics citing concerns over keeping California’s famous beaches clean and protecting the environment.

The move adds on from the city’s previous ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam, and is part of an overall strategy to eliminate all single-use plastics in Malibu.

“It’s the right thing to do,” City Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal said Tuesday. “If people could see all the plastics that we find on a daily basis, I think everyone would be supportive of this ban.”

Social media has played a very large role in pushing for a ban with the campaign hashtag of #STOPSUCKING and a documentary called “Straws”.

Instead of single use plastics, Malibu businesses will have to provide items that are made from paper, wood or bamboo.

The city will be providing one box of paper straws to each business to help with the transition before the ban takes place on June 1st.

Malibu joins Seattle as one of the first cities to ban the use of single use plastics in the progressive action. Other cities are looking into the ban and it is expected more public outcry will push local lawmakers to ban plastic items.

There are a couple bills currently waiting for support at the California Legislature but it appears that the bills are not getting the support necessary from either side.

One bill would make it illegal for restaurants to provide plastic straws unless requested. It still needs approval from both houses. Another bill would require attachable caps on plastic bottles, even though it’s failed to garner support in the past several years.

To get these bills and more to pass, pressure must be put on lawmakers to enact more restrictions on plastic. Contact your local offices through phone, email or letter campaigns. The more pressure put on our lawmakers, the more likely they are to start looking at a potential solution.

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