Plastic Straw Ban
As a coastal community, the City is committed to environmental leadership and the conservation of natural resources. The City realizes that discarded plastic straws threaten wildlife and degrade ecosystems. Because of this, Commissioner Richard Dally proposed a straw ban in 2018. Since the Ban’s adoption, plastic and bio-plastic straws will be banned within the City of Hallandale Beach and its public beaches effective January 1, 2019. Specifically, the City has banned the sale and distribution of plastic straws within the City Limits and the use of plastic straws on public beaches within City Limits. There are a few exceptions:
- pre-packaged drinks sold at commercial establishments (like juice boxes)
- use by medical or dental facilities
- use by the school district or county, state, or federal government entities
- use during a locally declared emergency; use by individuals with a disability or other impairment requiring use of plastic straw
Read the full Ordinance here.
For more information and promotional information regarding the City’s straw ban, visit cohb.org/nostraw.
Additional Plastics Regulations
The Coral Reef Protection Ordinance can be read here.
The Ordinance includes:
- the prohibition of expanded polystyrene food service articles and single-use carryout plastic bags on public beaches;
- the prohibition of distributing expanded polystyrene food service articles and/or single-use carryout plastic bags from beachside establishments;
- the prohibition of emptying boat blackwater tanks into waters within City limits;
- the prohibition of fertilizer applications during the National Weather Service defined Wet Season (May 15 to October 15);
- the prohibition of fertilizer applications during a watch or warning for floods, severe thunderstorms, tropical storms, hurricanes, or periods when greater than or equal to two (2) inches of rain in a 24 hour period is forecasted by the National Weather Service; and
- the creation of an Ocean Friendly Landscape rebate program.