ENCINITAS, Calif. — The City of Encinitas reached a milestone this weekend in its battle against single-use plastics.
Starting Saturday, customers must request plastic straws and utensils at Encinitas-area businesses and restaurants. The ordinance includes take-out and drive-thru food orders.
“When you walk on the beach here, you see plastic straws everywhere,” one Encinitas resident told FOX 5. “It’s a great idea. It’s about time we do it.”
Though most residents seem to approve of the plan, there are some who disagree with its importance.
“There’s a whole lot of more important things that we could be doing — like buying electric cars,” another resident said.
The phase-out of plastic straws and utensils will last until Aug. 1, when Encinitas restaurants and businesses will no longer be allowed to offer customers plastic straws.