Plastic straws banned in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance banning plastic straws and other "single-use foodware" items, effective July 1, 2019.

The provisions of the ordinance include:

  • Plastic-Free & Compostable Plastic-Free – Straws, stirrers, toothpicks, beverage plugs, and cocktail sticks must be plastic-free (paper, bamboo, wood, metal, or fiber). 
  • Customer Request for Accessories – Single-use foodware accessory items must be provided only upon customer request or by self-serve. Accessories include: straws, sleeves, lids, stirrers, beverage plugs, utensils, condiment packets and napkins.

Supervisor Katy Tang introduced the legislation.

There is an exemption to accommodate those with disabilities:

The legislation has an exemption for people with disabilities or those that have a medical condition who require access to the accessories mentioned above. As the department does outreach, we will educate businesses on this exemption and the need to accommodate people who have disabilities or medical conditions with the necessary resources.

- CoryUpdate

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