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Los Angeles votes to restrict handouts of plastic straws

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 13:35:05-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not exactly the last straw but Los Angeles has ordered restaurants to stop providing the disposable plastic kind unless customers ask for them.

The City Council on Friday unanimously passed an ordinance barring restaurants and food trucks from offering plastic straws to customers, even those taking food to go.

Drive-through and delivery places can offer the straws but can't automatically provide them.

RELATED: San Diego ban on Styrofoam, single-use plastics takes effect

For businesses with 26 employees or more, the law takes effect on April 22, which is Earth Day. All restaurants must comply by October.

L.A. becomes the largest U.S. city to pass a law aimed at reducing plastic waste, which is winding up in landfills and the ocean in enormous quantities.

California passed a law last year prohibiting full-service restaurants from automatically providing the straws.