Fort Lauderdale Launching Campaign Against Single-Use Plastics

Plastic straws will be a little more difficult to come by if you dine in Fort Lauderdale.

The city has launched “More Flavor, Less Plastic,” a campaign to reduce single-use plastic months after commissioners approved an ordinance to ban plastic straws.

Starting July 22, businesses in Fort Lauderdale won’t give you a plastic straw unless you ask for one.

Come January 2020, plastic straws may not be sold or distributed in the city.

Exceptions include prepackaged beverages that come with plastic straws; straws that come with reusable beverage containers; use at medical and dental facilities and at county, state, and federal properties, and at Broward County schools.

Anyone with disabilities that rely on plastic straws to eat and drink are also exempt from the ban.

The city emphasized that its economy, quality of life and ecosystem are “at risk” because of how much single-use plastic is being discarded at high volumes, threatening the beaches and oceans.

“We’re not careful about where these plastic items are going,” said Mayor Dean Trantalis.