You will soon have to ask for a drinking straw if you're dining in Davis.
The Davis City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday, June 8, that will require Davis restaurants to ask customers if they want a straw, and only provide them if requested.
Restaurants will see a $100 fine for the first violation and a $200 fine for a second violation within six months.
The new drinking straw requirements start Sept. 1. That's the same day the Styrofoam ban goes into effect.
"City staff will be performing additional outreach with impacted businesses and our community beginning later this month to assist with awareness of and the smooth transition to the new ordinance," Public Works Director Robert Clarke said.
The city adopted a Zero Waste Resolution in 2011.
The resolution "encourages the implementation of zero waste strategies to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste, litter, pollution, and the overall negative impact on the environment, including the effects on wildlife," according to the city's staff report.
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