Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Marks National Recycling Day By Announcing Plan To Rid Florida Of Foam Containers – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monday is National Recycling Day. To kick off the day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried introduced her plan to rid Florida of using polystyrene, recognized to many as Styrofoam.

Think of all of the instances you’ve ordered meals at a restaurant and it’s come out to you in a foam to-go container. Or the variety of instances you’ve acquired a cup of Cuban espresso to go. It’s nearly at all times served in just a little foam cup. The unhealthy information is these containers take no less than 500 years to decompose.

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“It is our vision to begin a phase out reduction of polystyrene production use until we reach a zero within this decade,” mentioned Fried.

She plans to section out polystyrene merchandise in 40,000 grocery shops, markets, and different companies.

“This is a monumental change for consumers, health and the environment,” mentioned Fried.

She mentioned companies can be required to submit experiences on how a lot foam packaging they use annually, then scale back that quantity till finally it’s gone.

“There’s a lot of different products made from polystyrene plastics but the number one we see in our recycling facilities are the food containers,” mentioned Shiraz Kashar, the neighborhood relations supervisor for Waste Management.

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Styrofoam merchandise additionally aren’t accepted within the overwhelming majority of recycling crops.

“It doesn’t always look like the Styrofoam you’re used to seeing, sometimes it can look like that,” mentioned Kashar.

Kashar mentioned it’s essential everybody learns what you possibly can and can’t recycle.  Otherwise, it creates a significant delay at recycling amenities.

“The easiest way to know if plastic can be recycled – because there is a lot of plastic out there – it must have a narrow neck.  If the neck is smaller than the body then you can recycle,” he mentioned.

The metropolis of Coral Gables banned using polystyrene a number of years in the past.  Now different cities and states are heading in the identical path.

“This is already doable you just must be thinking outside the box to protect consumers and the environment,” encourages Nikki Fried.

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She mentioned many eating places are already utilizing more healthy and more cost effective alternate options to polystyrene.  Some of the choice merchandise are constituted of crops like sugarcane stalks, grown proper right here in Florida.