Laws Regarding Plastic Straws, Plastic Bags Take Effect on Both Coasts

There are new laws regarding plastic items on both coasts. As of New Year’s Day, restaurants and bars in Rhode Island can no longer give out single-use plastic straws unless a customer requests one. Out west, plastic utensils, plastic bags, and polystyrene containers are now a thing of the past at restaurants in Palm Springs, California. As of January 1st, those items are banned at businesses that provide on-site or takeout dining service. Plastic straws and stirrers, and Styrofoam cups are also included in the ordinance.