“More Flavor, Less Plastic” Campaign Aims to Reduce Single-Use Plastics; New City Ordinance Bans Single-Use Plastic Straws
The City of Fort Lauderdale has launched the “More Flavor, Less Plastic” Campaign, an aggressive initiative to reduce single-use plastics and to educate businesses and the public about the City’s new ordinance that bans single-use plastic straws.
As of July 2019, businesses in Fort Lauderdale may only provide plastic straws upon request.
Starting January 22, 2020, plastic straws may not be sold or distributed in Fort Lauderdale.
Exceptions to the ordinance include prepackaged beverages that come with plastic straws; straws that come with reusable beverage containers; use at medical and dental facilities and at county, state, and federal properties, and at Broward County schools. In addition, use of plastic straws by disabled persons that rely on the them to consume beverages or food supplements are also exempt from the ban.
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission passed the ordinance banning the sale and distribution of single-use plastic straws on January 22, 2019.
Enforcement penalties were established for violations of the ordinance. Following an initial warning, repeated violations will result in civil citations of $500 per day.
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission took this action to protect our environment for this and future generations – and for good reason. The City’s economy, quality of life and eco-system are at risk because of the high volumes of discarded single-use plastics threaten the health of our beaches and oceans. The City also spends millions of dollars on beach and waterway clean-up as well as residential collection and the safe disposal of plastics.
The problem is a global news story and the dangers posed by plastic pollution are indisputable:
- Plastics are the most common type of debris found in our beaches, oceans, and waterways.
- Single-use plastic items such as straws, utensils, disposable cups, and take-out containers are major contributors to marine pollution.
- By 2050, the amount of plastics in our oceans is projected to outweigh marine life.
- Plastics are often mistaken as food by fish and birds have already been detected in the stomachs of over 30% of sea turtles and 90% of sea birds.
- Plastic takes 100 years to decompose, threatening the health of marine habitats and wildlife.
The City is urging individuals and businesses to join the “More Flavor, Less Plastic” campaign by pledging to eliminate plastic straws, reducing other single use plastics and changing behaviors that create demand for these items.
The first 200 businesses in the City to take the pledge will become a Greening Edge Leader, receiving a free window cling and recognition on the City website.
To learn more and take the LESS PLASTIC PLEDGE, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/lessplastic.