Santa Barbara approves six months JAIL for defying plastic straw ban

Santa Barbara approves six months JAIL for defying plastic straw ban

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. They save time (hello, throwing dishes away instead of washing them), and they decrease clutter (no need to store those cups in your cabinets). They hint at a darker truth about straw bans, a fact these policies' proponents prefer to ignore: All laws ultimately rest on state violence.

Last week in a meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council, members voted to advance an ordinance that prohibits restaurants, bars and other food and beverage vendors from selling or distributing plastic straws.

Why single out plastic straws, which make up less than four percent of the plastic waste stream? The second violation, however, is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term not exceeding six months.

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However, city official Nina Johnson told Fox News that "no one will go to jail for using a plastic straw or providing a straw to a customer".

Providers would also be allowed to provide, or sell, a plastic straw, stirrer, or cutlery to those with a mental or physical disability.

Santa Barbara made national news as jail time was suggested for punishment for anyone breaking this ordinance. At the rate we're using straws, there is estimated to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, according to a report by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. Banning straws means we can't drink in restaurants. Unfortunately, more cities - San Francisco being the latest - seem determined to follow suit. Join us in saying no to the single-use plastic straw and encourage those around you to do the same! How many of these shortsighted folks have jumped on the bandwagon calling for bans on plastic water bottles and/or plastic straws? 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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