As of November 1, 2021, New York City food service establishments cannot provide:

  • Single-use plastic beverage straws, except upon request
  • Single-use plastic beverage splash sticks or stirrers

Establishments may continue to provide:

  • Compostable beverage straws, splash sticks, and stirrers that are not made of plastic
  • Beverage straws that are made of compostable plastics (upon request only)

In addition, establishments must:

  • Maintain a sufficient supply of single-use plastic beverage straws that are not compostable and provide these for free to any person who requests one
  • Display a sign at self-serve stations that states: “Plastic straws available upon request.” 

Food establishments include restaurants, cafes, delis, bars, grocery stores, and food trucks. 

Learn more about the rules.

The plastic straw rules do not apply to:

  • Items that are packaged in bulk by a manufacturer and offered for retail sale
  • Beverage straws attached to individual containers by the manufacturer, such as juice boxes

Complaints are not accepted at this time.

Enforcement of the plastic straw rules will begin on November 1, 2022. Affected businesses, agencies, and nonprofits will have a one-year warning period lasting through October 31, 2022.

Following the warning period, establishments violating the rules will receive fines for each Notice of Violation issued within a 12-month period in the following amounts:

  • $100 for the first offense
  • $200 for the second offense
  • $400 for the third and subsequent offenses

Affected establishments should be prepared to receive inspectors, at least annually as part of routine inspections or 311 complaints, from one or more of the following agencies:

  • NYC Department of Sanitation
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection


Failing to provide a single-use plastic beverage straw that is not compostable to any person who requests one may violate the City’s reasonable accommodations law. This is subject to enforcement by the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Learn more about public accommodation discrimination on the Discrimination page.

Food service establishments with self-serve stations must display a sign at each station that states: “Plastic straws available upon request.”

These signs must be:

  • Completely unobstructed
  • At least two inches by seven inches
  • Written in no less than 20-point font

Download a sample sign.

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