Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2019
Senator Linda Stewart Re-Files Bill to Remove State Preemption on Auxiliary Plastic and Polystyrene Containers
ORLANDO – Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) today released Senate Bill 182, which would strike language in Florida statute that forbids municipalities from governing items such as plastic shopping bags and foam containers.
“By removing this language we give home rule back to cities and counties allowing them to decide what best fits their needs. Coastal or lakefront communities may wish to ban these containers to reduce pollution that negatively effects other sectors of their economies such as tourism,” said Stewart.
In a 2010 study, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection cited the Ocean Conservancy’s findings that determined auxiliary containers such as shopping bags were the most frequently found item during coastal cleanup worldwide, accounting for 8.1% of all items found.
“These items that we use thousands of every day are having serious effects on our state’s natural resources. If we do not at least provide the option to reduce the use of these containers, we may damage one of our states biggest economic drivers, Florida’s natural beauties; our waterways and beaches,” said Stewart.