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Miami-Dade Parks to launch public awareness campaign banning polystyrene products in parks and beaches

MIAMI (October 14, 2016)

This past 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 resolution, which officially goes into effect on July 1, 2017, will be preceded by a public awareness campaign led by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department to help educate the public about the polystyrene ban.

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 all polystyrene food-service articles, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings, and others.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.