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San Francisco to consider outlawing plastic straws, stirrers

This July 17, 2018, photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu / AP)
This July 17, 2018, photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco is expected to join Seattle in outlawing plastic straws.

The Board of Supervisors will take up the proposal Tuesday.

The legislation prohibits eateries from using plastic anti-splashers, stirrers and other plastic items that environmentalists say are too small to be recycled properly.

The proposal, which would kick in July 2019, makes napkins and utensils on carryout available only on request unless there is a self-serve station.

Separately, the legislation would ban vendors from using takeout containers made with fluorinated chemicals starting January 2020.

Advocates say businesses in progressive San Francisco appear to be largely in support.

The American Chemistry Council and Plastics Industry Association are opposed and say the legislation is unnecessary.


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