The Satellite Beach City Council on Wednesday, July 17th
unanimously approved a resolution phasing out the use of single-use plastic items and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) products, by Satellite Beach city staff within the next six months for operational use. The resolution includes establishing a Green Team to guide city employees in becoming more sustainable in each department and municipal facilities, working towards a cleaner and safer environment. “Phasing the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam products is a great first step,” said Mayor Frank Catino. “The City is striving to be the role-model for our residents to make a change in their use of single-use plastic and Styrofoam”. Recent studies have shown that plastics and Styrofoam have a detrimental and long-lasting effect on the health of the environment. As plastics photo degrade and become micro plastics, it is estimated that the average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year. As of today, there are over 127 countries who have banned plastic bags, 14 countries who have banned single use plastics and 25 U.S. states have enacted a plastics ban in one form or another, with Palm Beach Florida being the first to ban plastic bags and polystyrene containers and Orlando banning single use plastic and polystyrene on city property. To coordinate the implementation of the resolution the city will establish the Satellite Beach Green Team. Representatives from across city departments will develop sustainable solutions to reduce each departments plastic and Styrofoam use and educate their peers in the practices of sustainable best practices in and around their offices. The goal of the Green Team is to create monthly meeting topics including clean energy, recycling, composting and to lead the path to becoming a zero-waste city. City staff will be given an outline created by the City’s Green Team to assist employees in phasing out the use of single use plastic items and Styrofoam products. The City Council unanimously determined that it is in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents and employees, to work towards the city’s long-term goal of phasing out the use of single-use plastic and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) products. “Enhancing the quality of our Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean waters is important to the quality of life enjoyed by Satellite Beach residents, businesses, and visitors,” said City Manager Courtney Barker.