In 2018, global nonprofit Ocean Conservancy ranked plastic bags as #5 and Styrofoam take-out containers as #10 of the most litter collected in their International Coastal Cleanup. Plastic straws were ranked #7. Concern regarding global plastics pollution has taken the world by storm, inspiring environmental advocates to go zero-waste or plastic-free.
In 2018, the City of Hallandale Beach passed the first Plastic Straw Ban in Broward County; Fort Lauderdale joined in. What kept these cities from banning items more frequently found, like plastic bags? A state law which keeps cities from banning plastic bags and Styrofoam, specifically. Fortunately, that law is now being challenged in court.
During the current Florida legislative session, Senate Bill 88 will be considered, and would give power back to the cities to mandate bans, restrictions or taxes on plastic items contributing to the global plastics pollution crisis.
Hallandale Beach will host its 10th annual Green Fest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 27, at Hallandale City Hall. This all-ages event will provide education and tools for attendees to reduce their environmental impact.
Cost: Free. Location: 400 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Interested in being a vendor or volunteer? Contact Alyssa Jones Wood, 954-457-1617.