September 24, 2021 – Florida
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has begun rulemaking to phase out the use of polystyrene products in Florida grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, and other regulated businesses. Read more here.
August 9, 2021 – St. Augustine
St. Augustine commissioners passed a ban on the intentional release of balloons. More here.
June 8, 2021 – Boca Raton
On June 8th, World Oceans Day, the city of Boca Raton unanimously passed an ordinance to ban polystyrene foam foodware on city property and city events. The ordinance also prohibits confetti and balloons on outdoor city property. Temporary vendors are prohibited from selling or distributing food and drinks packaged in polystyrene foam products on city property.
June 2, 2021 – Tallahassee
The City of Tallahassee adopted a single-use plastics policy at the June 2 city commission meeting. The policy restricts the utilization of single-use plastics for all food and beverage service at City events and on City property.
April 20, 2021 – Boynton Beach
On April 20th, the city of Boynton Beach unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit polystyrene foam, balloons, and confetti on all city property, which includes parks and the beach.
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.
November 11, 2020 – Winter Park
Winter Park’s single-use plastic policy bans at city properties specific items, from plastic straws, stirrers and bags, to foam containers. The City Commission was inspired by similar policies of partners like the city of Orlando and Orange County. This 6 month pilot program will go into effect on May 11th, 2021.
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.