The Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh Surveys Citizens, Taxpayers, and City Food Vendors for their Support for a Ban on Plastic Straws, Swizzle Sticks, and Cocktail Picks.
Councilors urge city residents, taxpayers, and food vendors to weigh in regarding whether plastic straws, swizzle sticks, and cocktail picks should be banned within the city limits.
Council approved a survey to measure support at its August 16th meeting. Survey link is below and will be posted until September 30th.
Councilors Armstrong, Kelly, and Kretser initiated action on the ban after a Plattsburgh High School recent graduate, Rory Fisher, urged the Common Council to take this small, but important step toward reducing plastic in our waste stream. It is important to note that if such a ban were to be codified, straws, swizzle sticks, and cocktail picks that are reusable or compostable would be permissible.
In addition to polling participants about banning straws, etc. the survey offers an opportunity to weigh in on interest in other environmental initiatives such as banning plastic utensils and bags, vehicular idling, and building a fleet of green city vehicles.
If council takes action to codify such a ban, it would apply to food vendors within the city limits, including institutional vendors such as the hospital, college, and school district.