Largo okays ban on plastics

Single-use plastics will no longer be distributed on city property
Single use plastics will no longer be distributed on Largo city property. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
Single use plastics will no longer be distributed on Largo city property. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
Published January 31

LARGO — City Commissioners voted 4-1 recently to approve an ordinance that bans the distribution of several single-use plastic items on city property. Starting July 1, that will prevent some non-biodegradable items, such as foam cups, plastic straws and plastic plates, from being served at special events, in city facilities and at city functions. Mayor Woody Brown and Commissioner John Carroll were absent.

Bryan Beckman of the Suncoast Sierra Club called the ordinance a common-sense approach.

“These types of actions make a big impact on our environment without having a negative impact on our daily lives,” he said.

The ordinance, however, doesn’t pertain to personal use on city property, such as people who rent a pavilion at a park, so some, including Commissioner Curtis Holmes, said it will have little impact on the bigger problem of littering.

“I’m still against this thing, because, to me, it is just a feel-good and you’re going to get very limited results out of it,” said Holmes, who cast the sole dissenting vote.

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