Miami Beach's styrofoam ban begins Friday

Posted at 5:23 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 08:02:58-04

A citywide ban in Miami Beach that prohibits restaurants or stores from using or selling styrofoam goes into effect Friday.

The ban covers expanded polystyrene items like cups, plates and containers. An ordinance carries fines ranging from $50 to $500 for repeated offenses.

Lawmakers said it was a decision that had to do with public health and the health of animals.

"Our ordinance is geared toward eliminating the presence of this pollutant in the city's waterways, parks and streets," said Miami Beach Director of Environment & Sustainability Elizabeth Wheaton in a statement. "We are proud to be first city in Florida to enact such a comprehensive prohibition and urge others to follow suit."

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