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Santa Barbara Raises Stakes For Straws With Jail Time

29 July 2018

"There is no justifiable reason to use plastic straws".

McDonald's also said it will eliminate plastic straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

But none have raised the specter of jail time for straw scofflaws before Santa Barbara. San Francisco is in the process of enacting a ban on straws and other plastic items, which would begin next July 1. The second offense could be met with a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to six months. When Rowse suggested letting people respond to the alleged environmental threat of plastic straws as they see fit, Councilman Jason Dominguez unfurled his totalitarian colors, declaring that "we can't always count on common sense", and therefore, "we have to regulate every aspect of people's lives".

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Because each individual straw represents a separate violation, penalties could rack up quickly.

"For the majority of the council", reported the Santa Barbara Independent, "the only question was how best to wordsmith the ordinance language to tighten the exemptions".

The ban will eliminate more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually. It has also been a legislation since this month in Seattle. Banning straws means we can't drink in restaurants.

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Santa Barbara officials have made a similar argument.

SeaWorld Entertainment, which is comprised of 12 theme parks including Busch Gardens and Sea World, announced in June it would be making the move to remove all single-use straws and plastic bags.

While the city's new mayor, London Breed, struggles to get a handle on the city's public pooping problem, city supervisor Katy Tang described the straw ban as an example of how smug San Francisco "has been a pioneer of environmental change". In preparation for the expanded polystyrene ordinance becoming operative at 2:01am on January 1st, 2019, City staff stated they will continue to educate and assist businesses in finding alternative products.

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FYI: They're less temperature sensitive, so better for people with easily irritated teeth, but may be more susceptible to getting mold so you'll want to make sure to clean them often in the dishwasher or with a straw brush, and allow them to dry properly.

Santa Barbara Raises Stakes For Straws With Jail Time