Malibu, California banning plastic straws, utensils

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MALIBU, Calif. ( KABC/NNS/CBS Newspath) -- Whether you're picking up food for a trip to the beach or grabbing a bite at a Malibu eatery, chances are you're using plastic utensils. For your drink, a plastic straw. But all that will change June 1st.

That's why the Malibu City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale and distribution of plastic utensils, straws, and stirrers. It's part of an effort by the city to be a leader in environmental protections after banning plastic bags nearly ten years ago.

But, businesses aren't thrilled about the change. Khalil Rafati's smoothie shop Sunlife Organics currently distributes plastic straws.

There's also a concern about price. Even the city agrees that bamboo, paper or wooden items will be more expensive than plastic.

But, Bill Miller who runs the Malibu Kitchen says he'll find a way to make it work.

The Malibu City Council isn't done targeting single use plastics sold in the city. Later this year, they plan to take a look at banning plastic lids.



 
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