Last straw: Winter Park saying ‘so long’ to single-use plastics

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Starting next week, single-use plastics will no longer be welcome on Winter Park-owned property.

City officials said the six-month grace period following the passing of a resolution prohibiting the items is about to end, and as of May 11 they may no longer be sold or given out on city-owned and operated property by city staff or contracted vendors.

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That includes the Winter Park Farmers’ Market and other city-sponsored events.

The following items will no longer be allowed:

  • Plastic bags, straws and stirrers
  • Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam®) products: bowls, containers, plates, cups and trays

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The resolution does not apply to:

  • Current contracts and inventory
  • Prepackaged foods
  • ADA-compliant purchases
  • Packaging of unwrapped raw meat, poultry, and seafood
  • City permitees for events or facility rentals attended by 75 people or less
  • Items during a State of Emergency

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The resolution is similar to a ban in Orlando that went into effect in 2019 that prohibits single-use plastic bags, straws and foam at city events and venues.

The city has established a single-use products and plastic bags policy to begin Tuesday, May 11. The new policy will...

Posted by City of Winter Park - Government on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.