Santa Barbara votes to ban plastic straws in city

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Starting next year, you'll be hard-pressed to find a plastic straw in the city of Santa Barbara. Councilmembers voted this week to ban them, along with styrofoam to-go containers. Environmentalists applauded the decision, saying plastic straws and other single-use plastics account for a substantial amount of the trash in our oceans. But some restaurant owners say government officials shouldn't be telling them what products they can and can’t hand out to their customers.




Kathryn Barnes