In a move to protect the environment, restaurants are no longer offering plastic straws and utensils.
Beginning this July, restaurants in Seattle are banned from offering plastic utensils, straws or cocktail picks to customers.
According to Fox News, Seattle is now the first major U.S. city to ban restaurants from giving plastic straws and utensils to customers. The move is intended to help protect the environment from plastic pollution. If customers do request the items restaurants can give them a compostable option.
The National Park Service estimates 500 million straws are used each day by Americans.
Restaurants were given until July to use up their current supplies of plastic straws and utensils and reach out to Seattle Public Utilities for a new schedule if that deadline could not be met.
Restaurants that do not comply with Seattle’s regulations could face a $250 fine.
According to the Seattle Times, flexible plastic straws will be available for customers who need to use them for medical reasons.