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Miami takes first step against Styrofoam


Written by on April 28, 2017

City of Miami commissioners have taken the first step in a plan to reduce the use of polystyrene foam products.

Commissioners on April 27 approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting expanded polystyrene products (commonly known as Styrofoam) in parks and recreation facilities, including beaches.

The legislation would provide a temporary 12-month grace period for city contractors currently under contract, and establish an environmental education zone in historic Virginia Key Beach Park in connection with prohibitions on polystyrene.

The legislation’s sponsor, Vice Chairman Ken Russell, said, “This is a simple but big step to curb pollution in our area.” A final vote could come in late May.