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Common council approves ban on plastic straws in Milwaukee

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    MILWAUKEE, WI (WDJT) — The Milwaukee Common Council voted yes Tuesday, Nov. 26 on an ordinance that would ban bars and restaurants from using single-use plastic straws. However, it’s not an outright ban.
Under the ordinance, bars and restaurants could still give out plastic straws if a customer asked for one or needed one.

All of the council voted yes on the ordinance except Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson said plastic straws are bad and they are having negative effects on the environment.

“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,” Alderman Johnson said.

The ordinance will go into effect on April 14, 2020.

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