Miami Beach Is Banning Styrofoam

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Miami Beach would like to be known less for odd chemicals in its residents' bodies and more for banning littering its streets, parks, and beaches with things made from odd chemicals. Following bans on plastic straws and Styrofoam containers on the beach, the city commission seems set to extend the ban of Styrofoam to all city-owned property. That includes restaurants that serve patrons on the sidewalks.

Styrofoam is, of course, a notoriously eco-unfriendly material. It's not effectively recyclable, and it will linger for up to hundreds of thousands of years in landfills before breaking down. Other cities have similar bans, the most strident of which is in New York (where even Styrofoam packing peanuts are outlawed). McDonald's decades ago stopped using the material to package all but a few breakfast meals, and Starbucks notably doesn't use Styrofoam cups.

So we're not talking anything radical here.

The ban, set to be voted on July 27, would extend no-Styrofoam zones from the beach to include sidewalk cafés, parks, and other city property.

Restaurant owners who spoke with the Miami Herald seemed pretty unconcerned about the proposed change.

"It will be very easy for us to change to what they want," Jim Omur, owner of Nexxt Café, told the paper. "I understand and congratulate them for that decision."

In fact, the whole thing seems so common and controversy-free you have to wonder why it wasn't brought up beforehand or why more cities don't follow suit.

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HarryHanson
HarryHanson

I guess I will have to dump Styrofoam products in Miami Beach. Score: Me 1 - Commies 0 BTW - The Beach will full of SOLO Cups and Plates.  You can see liberals are in charge.

William Fetty
William Fetty

I hate styrofoam, there's better alternatives... I'm glad that they will be banning this.

Jorge Vicens
Jorge Vicens

Problem is, if Miami beach can't enforce littering laws or clean up the streets, the city will still looked trashed a year from now, just less styrofoam and more cardboard and aluminum.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Meaningless, but it does sound good. There's no reason why containers can't be made out of bio-deg materials, but people DO have to speak up and demand it. Imagine next time you go to a restaurant and ask them ' are your containers bio-deg"? and if they say no...you LEAVE? if enough people do that, the change will happen literally overnight.

Yvonne Ryan
Yvonne Ryan

Yea styrofoam is terrible. Use hemp paper

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Good. Too many nasty people that treat the area like the shitstain of a third world country they came from.

Susan Werb
Susan Werb

ban all petroplastics and replace with plant-based ecofriendly materials - mushroom and hemp

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

miami beach need a restaurant grading system, This would require restaurants post a letter grade on their window so customers know what's happening in the kitchen.If you don't have a system then they might not take it so seriously because the public doesn't know your restaurant is in violation or is dirty,

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

Ban things since that seems to work so well with banned things.

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

That's great! Other places I've lived its a law that retailers have to charge you $0.05 for each plastic bag so that cuts down on the bag trash a lot. I'd like to see that here too.

Andy Fisher
Andy Fisher

that is really sad - Miami Beach is one of the most beautiful places on Earth - I don't want to see it like this.

Elizabeth Sloane
Elizabeth Sloane

(Trying again) Kevin: Just carry a small reusable container with you when you go out to eat! ;

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

yaaaayyyy!!!!!!! me and my wife dont accept plastic bags anymore from stores - people always give us the crazy eyes

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

Miami Beach cannot or will not enforce many of its laws.  Who is going to enforce this law?  The city kangaroo court is going to collect these fines? 

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

make littering a thousand dollar fine $=?

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

you're giving it away inch by inch don't let them ban anything else.... land of the free?

Lynn Cuervo
Lynn Cuervo

Good. Yeah, what about the rest of the trash. Miami is just about the trashiest place I have ever seen. Literally, no reference to the "fashion" I see on parade. People just throw their crap down wherever. Makes me crazy. I saw a guy drop his beer can down, there was a garbage can 10 steps away.

EC Ferguson
EC Ferguson

Like should all cities and countries to protect the environment

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Miguel G Cuadra
Miguel G Cuadra

It needs to be replaced with banana leaves, are biodegradeable and good for the enviroment....

Michael DeFilippi
Michael DeFilippi

Please join the movement in Miami Beach and follow Clean Up Miami Beach get involved and join our weekly Saturday clean ups!

Scott Bond
Scott Bond

Legalizing weed, making abortions illegal, NOW THIS!?

Pedro Pages
Pedro Pages

we need more common sense on the part of people to keep our waters clean, not just a beach problem. People throw all kind of trash from boats too. This is a good start

Redman Jackie
Redman Jackie

Great stop the litter bugs too...................Nasty people

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I recall many a Sunday AM, where I would have to dodge sunken empty beer bottles, 1/2 empty glass containers and litter on the beaches. Place was filthy.

Lorraine Boogich
Lorraine Boogich

This makes me so happy! Now if the rest of the nation would follow suit :)

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