Information on the Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Ban

In an effort to improve our environmental ethic and sustainability practices, the City Commission unanimously approved to ban the use of expanded polystyrene containers and single-use carry out plastic bags by food service providers and retail establishments (ordinance no. 170487) on Jan. 17, 2019. The goal of the city is to replace these items with reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives.

Environmental Statistics:

  • According to the EPA, Americans throw away an estimated 25,000,000,000 polystyrene foam cups a year
  • The average person uses between 320-500 single-use plastic bags a year. Each bag is used for an average of 12 minutes, and takes anywhere from 10-1,000 years to decompose, depending on environmental conditions.
  • Studies have shown that the most impactful way to reduce plastic bag use came from the implementation of bans followed by fees and taxes.
  • Hawaii and California have statewide plastic bag bans, as do several countries around the world.
  • By 2050, scientists estimate there will be more plastic than fish in the water by weight.

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