Malibu bans restaurants from selling plastic straws, stirrers and utensils to customers

Malibu's City Council has banned the seaside town's roughly 65 restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers and utensils to customers.

Businesses have until June 1, 2018, when the ban takes effect, to make the change, swapping out the plastic items for ones made of paper, wood or bamboo. Diners are also encouraged to use reusable straws and cutlery made of metal or glass. As a next step, Malibu has its eye on another item often collected during beach cleanups: plastic lids

Malibu was of course early to adopt a plastic shopping bag ban, passing an ordinance in 2008 to keep bags from drifting into the ocean and killing marine life. More at The Los Angeles Times.