“Seattle Becomes the First Major U.S. City to Ban Plastic Straws”
"STRAWLESS IN SEATTLE. On Sunday, Seattle became the first major city in the U.S. to ban plastic straws and utensils. The ban is part of a 2008 ordinance that banned any one-time-use food-service items that aren’t recyclable or compostable. The city made an exception for straws and utensils, since alternatives to plastic were hard to come by at the time. That exemption ended on June 30. Businesses that don’t comply with the ban can now face a $250 fine."