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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Yesterday, Tuesday, September 18th, the Vigilância Sanitária do município do Rio de Janeiro (Sanitary Vigilance of the city of Rio de Janeiro) began to impose fines for bars, restaurants and street vendors that offer plastic straws to their customers.

In July the city of Rio announced the law Rio 44.731, published in the Official Gazette of the Municipality, that merchants could no longer use plastic straws, and will need to only supply biodegradable or recyclable straws.

The fines applied to restaurants and eateries are R$1,650 . . .

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