PORTLAND, Maine — Plastic straws may soon be a thing of the past in Portland restaurants.

A proposed ordinance will go before the city council Monday.

If approved, restaurants and stores would only be able to give out plastic straws, stirrers or splash sticks if a customer specifically asks for one starting in April. 

All of those products would then be banned entirely by January 2021.

Restaurants would be forced to purchase non-plastics alternatives like paper or bamboo for customers. 

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Plastic straws would be allowed for people with disabilities. 

City leaders behind the ordinance say the goal is to cut down on pollution and waste from non-recyclable materials. 

The ordinance is scheduled to be voted on October 21.