Buenos Aires City government moves to ban plastic straws
The ban will kick in from today, with single-use plastic straws prohibited from being handed out in restaurants and other establishments across the capital unless explicitly requested. In six months time, their use will be banned outright.
The Buenos Aires City government has announced it will gradually eliminate plastic straws from the capital in order to reduce the city's environmental impact.
The ban will kick in from today, with single-use plastic straws prohibited from being handed out in restaurants and other establishments across the capital.
Premises that sell drinks, hotels and bars "will not be able to offer or to place single-use plastic straws in view of the client," read an edict published in the Official Gazette of the Buenos Aires City government.
Prohibition will be introduced in various stages. For this first period, lasting six months, premises are allowed to give single-use plastic straws to customers who request them. However, after that date, single-use plastic straws will be prohibited outright.