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East Aurora considers ban on single-use containers, straws

Plastic straws and single-use containers may soon become against the law to use in East Aurora restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets.

A public hearing on Aug. 19 will gauge sentiment on the proposed Environmental Sustainability law. If passed, local food service businesses would have four months to adopt the change. Several restaurants have already stopped their use of plastic items and switched to biodegradable materials, officials said.

Under the proposed law, first-time offenders will receive a warning. There will be a $100 fine for the second offense with additional fines of $200 and $400 for third and fourth violations, respectively.

Earlier this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. When that ban goes into effect on March 1, 2020, New York will join Hawaii and California to become the third state to ban the use of plastic bags.

The hearing will start at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 571 Main St.

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