HONOLULU - State lawmakers are working to reduce waste by preventing restaurants from giving out single-use plastic straws.

The bill was co-introduced by Representative Roy Takumi and Representative Linda Ichiyama, and would not completely ban plastic straws, but would require full-service restaurants to only provide them if requested by a customer. 

Takumi says weaning off the use of plastic straws is a more reasonable approach than an outright ban.

"Part of the challenge we have about straws is that some people need straws.  people who are handicapped, or have a difficult time swallowing," said Takumi.

The bill only applies to full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants would not be affected.