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Miami moves to bag plastic bags

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Written by 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.

 

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