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Tampa City Council Passes a Resolution Supporting the Restriction of Single-Use Plastics and Styrofoam on City Properties

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The Tampa City Council unanimously passed a resolution today supporting the restriction of single-use plastics and styrofoam on City properties. 


The City of Tampa’s Sustainability and Resilience Officer, Whit Remer, presented the resolution to the Tampa City Council as part of Mayor Jane Castor’s vision for Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow by establishing sustainable best practices.


“Tampa’s environmental future depends on our actions today,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “By moving away from styrofoam, we can create a more sustainable and resilient City—which is one of the core pillars of Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow and our commitment to sustainability & resilience in everything we do. This is one small, yet important, step that we can take today to make a big impact on our future for generations to come.”


Single-use plastics and styrofoam are not recyclable in the City of Tampa’s recycling program. These items pose several threats to our environment, waterways, and waste management system. 


This resolution is designed to support the reduction and elimination of single-use plastics in the City of Tampa and encourage local businesses and residents to restrict the consumption and distribution of these items as well. In addition to supporting the implementation of administrative policy, the resolution also calls for the development of a public outreach and education program that will encourage businesses to replace single-use plastics with more environmentally-friendly alternatives. 


For more information on the City of Tampa’s green initiatives, visit tampagov.net/green-tampa