New Florida Bill Aims To Ban Plastic Bags And Straws.

New law if passed would take affect July 1.

February 7, 2019

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Plastic, paper or did you bring your own bags? I always ask for plastic. I use them all over the house: trash, packing items, dog poop; I would collect plastic bags and send them home to Texas to my brother who was caring for our bedridden father and went through 4 or 5 trash bags daily. So do I want trash bags to be banned? Heck no.

I understand the environment angle and I can appreciate their effort but it would make more sense to just continue to remind people to recycle or have some pride in their surroundings, especially us here in Florida with so much wildlife and water surrounding every neighborhood. I mean, whatever happened to don't be litter bug?

Well now State Sen. Kevin Rader, a Democrat whose district represents parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties, has filed a bill, which is titled "Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws.

The bill would ban stores and food service businesses from giving plastic carryout bags and plastic straws to customers. Instead, requiring businesses to use bags and straws made from natural or certain synthetic materials. This would apply to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, liquor stores, movie theaters, and other businesses. Stores that break the law would be fined up to $500 for the first violation, and up to $1,000 for the second.

While many businesses are proactive and already offering an option, many other businesses say this would be detrimental to their business and in some cases it wouldn't be practical. 

If this bill is approved, it would take effect July 1. 

Am I going to have to start hoarding plastic bags? And what will they come for next? My plastic garbage bags? Then why stop there. Diapers are made of plastic. Plastic food storage containers. What about my car? Half of it is made with plastic? Its endless. In fact, here's a list of things made with plastic that may surprise you. 

Time to call or write your senators and give them your opinion. ~grace