Plastic Straw Ban


New Prince George’s County legislation (CB-52-2019) bans straws and stirrers that are not reusable or meet the home-compostable standard.

  • Food service businesses are prohibited from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing a straw or stirrer with food or beverage unless they are reusable or compostable.
  • Retail businesses are prohibiting from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing a straw or stirrer directly to consumers unless they also have for sale a straw or stirrer meeting the home-compostable standard.

To review a copy of the legislation, go to

The law will become effective July 1st, 2020.

How will the law be enforced?

Prince George’s County Recycling Inspectors will conduct random visits to Food Service and/or Retail Businesses and will issue warnings and/or fines to food service providers using non-compliant products starting January 1, 2021.

What products can be used instead of single-use plastic straws and stirrers?

Alternatives with less environmental impact include paper and other straws that are “home compostable”; and reusable straws made from metal, glass, bamboo, silicone, or rigid plastic. Stirrers made of wood are home compostable. Another option is to discontinue the use of straws altogether when not needed.

For more information, please contact the Department of Environment, Recycling Section, Inspection Unit at:                   (301) 883-3635 or visit our website

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