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Canandaigua council continues discussion about banning straws

With talk of the Ontario County Landfill due to close in 2028, Canandaigua wants to limit solid waste and lessen pollution. Last year, the Ordinance Committee in Canandaigua began a discussion on banning the use of plastic straws. The Committee decided to explore potentially adding other items to reduce waste. But tonight was “straw talk” and a chance for restaurants to voice any concerns on a plastic to paper transition.

Denise Chaapel, Business Improvement District Director says, “Our council is doing amazing things as far as the Green Initiative and such.”

Chaapel says the paper straw transition might not need to be a pushy ban on plastic. “What we need to focus on now is education…not enforcement,” she says.

Chaapel says businesses are warming up to the idea once they learn more. Some area Wegmans are using them, and the school district is looking into it. A few restaurants in Canandaigua are already sipping up with paper.
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