Way to go Hallandale Beach, Florida! A few days ago, city commissioners voted to approve the ban of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) at the beach. This measure will hopefully be finalized by a final vote on May 6th, 2015.
If this vote goes through, Hallandale Beach will be the first city in Broward County to implement such a measure, and the second in the South Florida area behind Miami Beach.
If you are caught with a polystyrene foam cooler, cup, or anything else, you will receive a $50 fine once the ban is in full effect, which is expected to be in mid-summer.
The mayor of Hallandale has also set aside $50,000 towards an anti-litter campaign.
Hopefully Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach will set the precedent for the rest of South Florida, and other city commissions will begin implementing their own polystyrene foam bans!
Polystyrene foam takes a very long time to decompose, and it is very difficult and costly to recycle properly. Removing it from the beach, and ultimately from popular use, will help to protect the ecosystems!