Plastics are the most common type of debris found on our beaches and in our oceans and waterways. Single-use plastic items such as straws, utensils, disposable cups and take-out containers are major contributors to marine pollution. Often mistaken as food by fish and birds, plastic takes 100 years to decompose, threatening the health of marine habitats and wildlife.
On January 22, 2019, the City of Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance banning the sale and distribution of single-use plastic straws. Starting in July 2019, businesses within the city limits may provide plastic straws only upon request and, as of January 2020, businesses may no longer offer plastic straws.
Individuals and businesses can join the More Flavor, Less Plastic campaign by committing to eliminate plastic straws, reducing other single-use plastics and changing behaviors that create demand for these items. Be a part of the solution!
To learn more and take the Less Plastic Pledge, visit FortLauderdale.gov/lessplastic.