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Straw ban: Geneva City Council motion to ask Ontario County to limit them fails to get support

Should Ontario County consider limiting or banning straws?

Last week at Geneva City Council’s regular October meeting Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera proposed motion asking the Board of Supervisors to consider requiring restaurants and other commercial eateries to provide straws only upon request.

Ward 3 Councilor Jan Regan and Ward 5 Councilor Laura Salamendra were the only two supporters of that motion though.


Environmental advocates across the U.S. have said that single-use plastic straws are among the most damaging, frequently used items that wind up polluting the environment. Especially earth’s water bodies.

However, all other present councilors voted against the measure. New York City already has a law limiting single-use plastic straws.

While Camera and others believe strongly in the impact a countywide law could have – many believe that the state would be the best entity to move forward such legislation.

In recent years, the state has banned single-use plastic bags and plastic-heavy ‘to go’ containers at restaurants.



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