Limit Polystyrene Use in Brevard County

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We are looking to limit the use of polystyrene food containers in Brevard County and need YOUR SUPPORT to make it happen.

What is Polystyrene?
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), a substance more commonly known as Styrofoam, is largely used in food containers.

EPS food containers have the chemical styrene as its major component. The chemical styrene has been categorized as a “reasonably anticipated to be carcinogen" by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Styrene is toxic and polluting from the start:
• In production, it is hazardous for workers and creates hazardous waste;
• 40 years of studies show that styrene leaches from containers into our food; and
• After a typical usage time of about 30 minutes, polystyrene food containers, whether incinerated, landfilled, littered, or even recycled, will leave a toxic trail of styrene particles which will never go away.

Why limit the use of EPS?
Polystyrene is found to be extremely bad for the environment and for our health, especially when used for food storage.

EPS foam is a durable material that does not degrade and, according to various sources, is difficult to recycle. EPS foam breaks easily into tiny pieces, making it also difficult to clean up. Those small pieces are often ingested and are harmful to our health, the health of our wildlife, and the health of the environment as a whole.

What has been done about it?
In 2014, the city of Miami Beach, Florida, outlawed Styrofoam food containers in all city facilities, including parks and beaches, as well as at sidewalk cafes.

Then in 2015, through Ordinance No.2015-3962, Miami Beach joined dozens of towns and counties across the country, and cities like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, as well as Washington, D.C., to ban polystyrene food containers.

What can we do in Brevard County?
Our local government may regulate and eliminate the use of polystyrene containers as allowed by state law and focus on protecting our health, our waters, our wildlife and preventing pollution.

According to HB7007 enacted in 2016, the preemption for regulating the use or sale of polystyrene products "does not limit the authority of a local government to restrict the use of polystyrene by individuals on public property, temporary vendors on public property, or entities engaged in a contractual relationship with the local government for the provision of goods or services" so my recommendation is for Brevard County to eliminate the use of polystyrene containers on all public property, especially beaches and parks, and by vendors on public property and local government contractors.

This recommendation will be reviewed and voted on during the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meeting of Tuesday, March 21 at 9am.

To protect our land, water, and health and the wildlife that live and thrive here in Brevard County, I ask you to please support this recommendation by signing this petition.

 



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