Milwaukee restaurants, bars may soon no longer be able to provide plastic straws to customers

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee on Thursday, Nov. 14 recommended approval of an ordinance that would prohibit Milwaukee food establishments and alcohol beverage establishments from providing single-use, plastic beverage straws to customers.

The ordinance would provide a grace period for food and beverage establishments to adjust their practices and educate customers. The single-use plastic straw ban would go into effect on April 14, 2020.

There are some exemptions noted in the ordinance. They include:

  • Prepackaged, individual serving beverages where a small plastic straw is included
  • Customers may request a plastic straw
  • Plastic straws are allowed for beverages such as shakes or smoothies, where a non-plastic straw is not suitable

The ordinance is expected to be taken up by the full Common Council at its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Co-sponsors of the ordinance include Alderman Robert Bauman, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd.

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