Prohibition of Single-Use Plastic Bags

plastic in oceanOn June 11, 2019, the Town of Palm Beach Town Council adopted Ordinance No. 24-2019 to prohibit the use of expanded polystyrene containers and single-use carry out plastic bags within the corporate limits of the Town of Palm Beach.

In the weeks following the Town Council approval of Ordinance No. 24-2019, The Town received a letter from the Florida Retail Federation and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association requesting the Town to repeal the Ordinance based upon the regulation of plastic bags and polystyrene under Florida Statutes, Ch. 403.7033 and Ch. 500.90.

At the August 14, 2019 Town Council meeting, Emergency Ordinance No. 37-2019 was requested to repeal the previously approved ban to comply with preemptive state statute. At the October 10, 2019 meeting, Resolution 122-2019 was adopted to strongly encourage the State Legislature to approve Senate Bill 182 and any companion House Bills relating to the removing preemption language related to single-use plastic bags and polystyrene materials. 

Mayor Coniglio has contacted other coastal municipalities to form a coalition in support of this effort, written the state legislature urging for their support in passing Senate Bill 182, and continues to push for Home Rule issues in Palm Beach, but we still need your help!

How Can I Help Support Mayor Coniglio's Efforts?how-long-does-plastic-take-break-down-decomposition

1.  Sign the Petition to pass Senate Bill 182 and change preemption laws for single-use plastics. To show your support, please click the link below to sign the petition. 


2. Send an email or a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis using the information below. 

Email Governor Ron DeSantis

Write a Letter to Governor Ron DeSantis

View Mayor Coniglio's Letter to the Governor.

3. Get your friends and neighbors involved. Ask people that share your concerns to email and write to their elected representatives. The more people involved, the more impact we will have.

4. Use reusable bags for groceries and shopping.

5. Use reusable containers such as glass and metal.

6. Recycle at home and at work. Local grocery stores have bins to recycle plastic bags, plastic containers and paper products. 

Why we should Ban Single-Use Plastics?

Single-use plastic bags  are detrimental to our environment. They do not fully degrade, they overburden landfills, introduce unsafe chemicals into the environment, become litter and create hazards for land and aquatic animals due to ingestion, and create impediments to waste reduction and recycling goals, while creating unsightly litter.

In the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors to reduce litter and pollutants on the land and in the waters in and surrounding the Town of Palm Beach..

What is Expanded Polystyrene?

Expanded polystyrene is a petroleum based plastic most commonly incorrectly referred to by the name of “Styrofoam” which is actually the proprietary trade name of a polystyrene foam product.

What is a Single-Use Plastic Bag?

Single-Use carry out plastic bag means a bag provided to a customer, typically at the point of sale or distribution, for the purpose of transporting items, which is made predominantly of plastic derived from petroleum or a biologically-based source.

What Constitutes a Reusable Bag?

Reusable bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets the following criteria:

  1. Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; 
  2. Constructed out of any of the following materials:     
    • cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; 
    • recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils (thickness specifications must be displayed in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior) or 
    • recyclable paper