Plastic Straw Ban


The non-compostable straw and stirrers ban is New County Legislation (CB-52-2019) prohibiting Food Service and/or Retail businesses in Prince George’s County from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing non-compostable straws and stirrers with certain foods or beverages.

The Legislative Branch of Prince George’s County, Maryland introduced CB-52-2019 in October of 2019 to address the issue of plastic straws and stirrer’s disposal/pollution. To review a copy of the legislation, go to

The law will become effective July 1st, 2020.

Will the law be enforced?

Yes. 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 noncompliant products starting on January 1st, 2021.

What products can I use to replace the plastic straws and/or stirrers?

Plastic straws and/or stirrers may be replaced with compostable items, including reusable straws and/or stirrers made from paper, metal, glass, bamboo, silicon or rigid plastic. Stirrers made of wood are also allowed.

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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