Restrictions on the Distribution of Plastic Straws, Splash Sticks, and Stirrers

Following the New York City Hospitality Alliance‘ release of standards surrounding the use of straws, businesses were issued a one year-warning period on November 1, 2021, to replace plastic beverage straws with compostable materials. Compostable straws include alternatives such as wooden beverage splash sticks, stirrers, and/or paper. These restrictions do not include containers that come with a straw, such as juice boxes.

When upon request, food establishments must still maintain a sufficient supply of single-use plastic beverage straws that are not compostable and provide them free of charge. Food establishments with self-serve stations must display a sign stating the availability of plastic straws upon request that is at least two by seven inches with a minimum of 20-point font. Failing to provide a non-compostable single-use plastic beverage straw upon request may result in a violation of the reasonable accommodations provisions of Title 8 of the Administrative Code of New York City.

As of November 1, 2022, violations of these restrictions would result in a fine of:

– $100 for the first offense

– $200 for the second offense

– $400 for the third and subsequent offenses

Inspections from the following agencies can be expected at least annually based on routine or 311 investigations:

– NYC Department of Sanitation

– NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

– NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection

If you have any questions about posting the new “Restrictions on the Distribution of Plastic Straws, Splash Sticks, and Stirrers” Poster, please contact our offices.

NARCAN Behind Every Bar Campaign

As New York‘s community continues to enjoy the city‘s range of nightlife activities, industries are faced with the responsibility of making sure its residents proceed as carefully as can be. As of October 12, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed Intro 56 legislation written by Councilmember Chi Osse, with great emphasis towards reducing fatal overdoses through free provided naloxone kits of NARCAN® to nightlife establishments. This program takes assertive action towards reducing opioid overdoses in the City.

If you or someone you know uses drugs, including prescription fentanyl, learn about ways to reduce the risk of overdose.

If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about substance use services or treatment, contact NYC Well.