From the Morning Memo:

Suffolk County is moving forward with new restrictions on plastic straws and a ban on restaurants from using polystyrene containers.

Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone on Monday will announce plans to sign those bills several weeks after the state Legislature moved to ban single-use plastic bags statewide and impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

“These latest measures cement Suffolk County’s reputation as the statewide leader in protecting our environment,” said Bellone, who is seeking re-election later this year. “I want to thank Legislator Hahn for championing this effort which will go a long way in protecting Long Island’s oceans, parks, and marine life.”

Bellone will sign a bill requiring restaurants provide plastic straws and beverage stirrers only on the request of a patron. The measure does not apply to pre-packaged individual serving beverages, like juice boxes, where plastic straws are included in the package.

It also does not apply to beverages bought at drive-thru windows.

Straws that are offered at restaurants and drive-thru windows, however, must be biodegradable or be able to compost. A customer with a disability or medical condition may be provided with a plastic straw if requested.

The restrictions will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The polystyrene or Styrofoam ban, will apply to restaurants, food trucks and stores in Suffolk County. The measure also bans the use of polystyrene packaging, like packing peanuts.