Miami moves to bag plastic bags
Written by Miami Today on April 17, 2017
Miami city commissioners have taken the first step toward restrictions on disposable plastic shopping bags.
Commissioners have approved a resolution urging Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature to repeal part of a state statute intended to prohibit local governments from regulating plastic bags. It would clear the way for cities to regulate the use of the ubiquitous bags.
Miami’s move comes a month after Coral Gables commissioners on first reading voted to prohibit carry-out plastic bags from stores within the city and by anyone holding a city special events permit. Coral Gables has also passed an ordinance to regulate the use of polystyrene.
An estimated 8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste, including plastic bags, entered the oceans in 2010. Miami as a coastal community is particularly vulnerable to the impact of plastic bags on the environment.
Miami’s resolution says that replacing disposable plastic shopping bags with reusable bags is considered a quick and easy way to reduce waste and litter, protect wildlife, and conserve resources.