Update: Victory! The City of Hollywood Beach has begun enforcing a ban on, "Cups, lids, straws, plates, bowls, utensils, sandwich containers, or other packaging, which are made of plastic, polystyrene plastic, or of any nonbiodegradable material are banned." The ban applies to all food service establishments east of the Intracostal Waterway. Code enforcement will begin issuing citations on October 1, 2018 to allow businesses to eliminate their current supply of single-use plastics. More here.
Single-use plastics like straws, polystyrene cups, and polystyrene take out containers are harmful. Not only are the chemicals toxic for humans, but these items break apart into tiny micro-plastics that remain in the ocean forever. Plastics are consumed by marine life and end up in our food chain. Additionally, these plastics are made from fossil fuels, so the fewer disposable plastics we use, the better it is for the planet!
This campaign seeks to compel the City of Hollywood Beach to begin immediately educating the businesses on the beach about this ordinance, the importance of the ordinance, and set a date for compliance. Our neighbors in Miami Beach has already begun their enforcement of their plastic straw and polystyrene ordinance, and it is going well for local businesses and the environment. If Miami Beach can enforce this, so can we.