Today, the Orlando city council banned single use plastic and styrofoam items from their parks and venues. This includes things like straws, bags, and utencils (story HERE).
It was the right call. I’m sure most would agree. Not all, but most.
For example, the state legislature passed a bill that would have placed a moratorium on municipalities banning these kinds of products.
Why? We’re not completely sure. There was talk about accommodating the handicap which makes some sense, and that exception exists in Orlando’s new ordinance.
Lucky for us, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed that bill (story HERE).
If I had to object to one part of this new ordinance, is that it doesn’t go far enough.
Functions below 100 people are exempt and “strongly encouraged” to comply. 100 people is a pretty big group in most city parks. That’s 100 straws, plates, forks, spoons, its a lot, but I’m just complaining here.
The point is that Orlando continues to move in the right direction when it comes to protecting the environment and remaining the “greenest” city in the southeast. A phrase Mayor Buddy Dyer has used many times.
This will also go a long way to protect local wildlife, who are often reported choking on these kinds of items.
There are really a lot of reasons why this ordinance passed and not too many reasons why it had to be held back any longer.