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Milwaukee's ban on single-use plastic straws goes into effect on April 14

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 15:13:14-04

MILWAUKEE — A ban on single-use plastic straws approved by Milwaukee's Common Council back in November went into effect on Tuesday.

The ban on single-use plastic straws was approved by the Common Council on November 26. The ban prohibits restaurants and bars from providing single-use plastic straws to customers.

"By design, these plastic straws are meant to be used and thrown away after just one use, and too often they become litter and have a negative impact on our streets, waterways and other areas of our communities," said Alderman Cavalier Johnson, who authored the legislation.

The ban went into effect April 14.

It was co-sponsored by Alderman Robert Bauman, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Russell W. Stamper II, Alderman Jose G. Perez, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd.

Certain exemptions to the ban are allowed.

To read the full ban, click here.

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