Environment

The Last Straw: D.C. Bans Plastic Straws, Fines Up to $800

The District of Columbia’s ban on plastic straws took effect on Monday, putting in place fines that range from $100 to $800 if plastic straws are discovered in unannounced D.C. Department of Energy and Environment inspections at restaurants and coffee shops.

This illustration taken on August 12, 2018, shows plastic straws, in a studio, in Paris. - There are more than eight billion tons of plastic littering the planet -- the lion's share of which is not recyclable -- and plastic production is expected to double in the next two decades …