Canandaigua took up a discussion on Tuesday night that has been stirring up the country- should plastic straws be banned?

Canandaigua took up a discussion on Tuesday night that has been stirring up the country- should plastic straws be banned?

City leaders discussed a possible ordinance that would be similar to those passed in Seattle and San Francisco. Supports say it's an effort to cut down on plastic pollution.

The ordinance committee chair says there's a landfill in Ontario County that's reaching capacity, and Canandaigua wants to do everything it can to reduce waste.

"What it could do is it would say that if you're going to have straws, you've got to have non-plastics," says Dave Whitcomb, the committee chair, "There are a lot of paper product straws out there. It would prohibit businesses from distributing plastic straws."

Some argue that banning plastic straws is not enough to make a difference.

If the ban eventually comes to fruition, businesses that don't comply would likely be subject to a fine. In Canandaigua that's generally up to $250.

Tuesday night was only the first discussion of the ordinance committee. From here, the ordinance chair plans on writing an ordinance based on other models in the country.