Miami Beach's Styrofoam Ban Begins Friday

A citywide ban that prohibits restaurants or stores from using or selling styrofoam goes into effect in Miami Beach Friday.

The ban covers expanded polystyrene items like cups, plates and containers. An ordinance carries fines ranging from $50 to $500 for repeated offenses.

Lawmakers said it was a decision that had to do with public health and the health of animals.

"Our ordinance is geared toward eliminating the presence of this pollutant in the city's waterways, parks and streets," Miami Beach Director of Environment & Sustainability Elizabeth Wheaton said in a statement. "We are proud to be first city in Florida to enact such a comprehensive prohibition and urge others to follow suit."

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