It appears that the city of Miami Beach is taking another step in becoming plastic free. Thanks to a unanimous vote by the city commission on Wednesday, CBS Miami reported the ban of single-use plastic straws and stirrers.

While some business owners have complained, the city plans to roll out a public education campaign over the next few months informing businesses about the new regulation and helping them identify reusable alternatives (we recommend paper straws from

“Every move we make to strengthen our litter laws citywide significantly reduces the amount of litter and pollutants on land and in the water,” Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement. “Protecting both our natural environment and wildlife is a priority for our city and a cause we will never stop fighting for.”

Miami Beach has gradually limited plastic straws in recent years, aiming to reduce plastic pollution in the city’s storm drain system and on the beach. Ban proponents say plastic bags, straws, stirrers and other items present a threat to wildlife and cause pollution. The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic each year, according to Statista. 

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