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

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. 

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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. 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.