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Plastic Free Florida

The photo above was taken in Miami, Florida at a VolunteerCleanup.org waterway cleanup.

Single-Use Plastics:

The Problem: An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.

Plastics never was and never will be disposable“.

Jackie Nuñez, the Last Plastic Straw

The Solution:

Watch Oceana’s video about the plastic pollution problem. Hagas click aqui para ver el video en Español.

Plásticos de un solo uso 101

Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre el omnipresente (y evitable) desperdicios plásticos: el tipo hecho para ser arrojado en cuestión de minutos. (NRDC)

Recent Victories

March 18, 2021 – Sunny Isles Beach

On March 18, the city of Sunny Isles Beach unanimously passed an ordinance to ban single-use polystyrene foam foodware and cups on city property. Read the ordinance here.

January 14, 2021 – Palm Beach Gardens

On January 14, Palm Beach Gardens passed a resolution prohibiting the use of polystyrene products on public property. It also directs City Administration to negotiate “No Polystyrene” provisions in applicable City contracts, and encourages all residents and retail businesses within the City to reduce or eliminate the use of polystyrene products.

November 17, 2020- Fort Lauderdale

The city of Fort Lauderdale took action to reduce plastic pollution by passing an ordinance prohibiting the use of single-use polystyrene foam food-service products by city vendors, as well as the use of these plastic products on city property. The ordinance prohibits the use of single-use polystyrene foam cups and food containers in places like city parks, city facilities and the beach.

October 21, 2020- Hollywood

The city of Hollywood took action to reduce plastic pollution by unanimously passing an ordinance prohibiting the use of polystyrene and single-use plastic food-service products by city vendors, as well as the use of these plastic products on city property. The ordinance prohibits the use of single-use plastic products, such as water bottles, utensils, cups and plates, and expanded polystyrene foam coolers in places like city parks, city facilities and the beach. Included in this ordinance is a ban on intentional balloon releases. 

October 6, 2020- Delray Beach

The city of Delray Beach passed 2 polystyrene resolutions. These resolutions encourage local retail stores, restaurant, and all city businesses to reduce the use of polystyrene products and also encourage city staff to negotiate “no polystyrene clauses” into their contracts with vendors.

September 3, 2020- Tampa

On September 3, 2020, the city of Tampa moved toward limiting some single-use plastics that pollute the environment, with council members unanimously supporting a ban on distributing foam cups, plates and other items on public property.

August 25, 2020- Dania Beach

On August 25th, 2020, the city of Dania Beach took action to reduce plastic pollution by passing an ordinance to reduce single-use expanded polystyrene foam food and beverage packaging on city property, city facilities, and city contracts and events.