Springfield, IL. (ECWd) –
Illinois Senator Emil Jones, III, introduced a Bill to ban plastic straws and to establish a $25 per day fine to companies who violate this new “Plastic Straw Ban Act.”
Filed on February 4, 2020, Senate Bill 2920 proposes to establish the Plastic Straw Ban Act (“PSBA”) and states that “no bar, restaurant, or any business that sells food to the public may provide to a customer a single-use plastic straw unless requested by the customer.”
The PSBA would mandate the Department of Public Health enforce this ban and provides for a $25 per day fine to businesses who violate it.
This Bill also takes aim at Illinois’ top crop; Corn – by including straws made from corn in the proposed ban:
“Single-use plastic straw” means a single-use, disposable tube made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically based polymer, such as corn or other plant sources, used to transfer a beverage from a container to the mouth of the person drinking the beverage. “Single-use plastic straw” does not include a straw made from non-plastic materials, including, but not limited to, paper, pasta, sugar cane, wood, or bamboo.