Polystyrene ban for Miami-Dade parks and beaches starts July 1

Author:  Laura Phillips
MIAMI (June 13, 2017) —  Last summer, Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commissioners (BBC) approved a resolution banning polystyrene products, such as Styrofoam, in all Miami-Dade parks, including beaches. The measure was followed by a public awareness campaign, led by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, to help educate patrons about the polystyrene ban. The ban officially goes into effect on July 1.

Polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic, is considered our nation’s fifth largest creator of hazardous waste and poses major issues to our land and water. 

The adopted Ordinance, which bans polystyrene, was added to Rule 36, Chapter 26 of the Parks department’s Park Rules and Regulations. The ordinance prohibits the sale or use of food-service articles made from the product, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings, and others.