The city of Charleston, South Carolina adopted a ban of single-use plastic straws in late 2018. By January 1, 2020, all Charleston businesses must discontinue distribution, sale, and use of plastic straws.The Ban already has kicked in for Surrounding cities like Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island. While other cities and towns in the state have similar bans of plastic bags, Charleston is the first to target single-use plastic straws.
If your bar, restaurant or any other establishment that supplies straws that are made of a sustainable alternative—like wheat, stainless steel, paper, PLA or bamboo—then you’re good to go: you don’t need to change anything. However, if you currently supply single-use plastic straws, you’ll be required to comply with the new law by the end of this year.
Under the new law, all establishments must discontinue use of single-use plastic straws, among other items banned by the same ordinance—plastic bags and foam containers. However, you may continue providing straws made of a reusable or compostable alternative to plastic. Wheat straws and PLA straws are among the most natural, durable and affordable alternatives that offer an experience similar to single-use plastic. Note: PLA Straws and Cups MUST be composted with an Industrial Composting Facility to be exempt