Florida Considers Bag Ban

Plastic Bag WarsAccording to a report from Tallahassee.com (Read Article) dated Dec.31, 2009, the State of Florida is considering a plastic bag ban.  According to the website of the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency is considering the regulation of recyclable materials.  Recyclable materials is spelled out as auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments.

The Florida DEP has until February 1, 2010 to submit a report of their analysis findings to the Florida Legislature.  The report must include conclusions and recommendations of the department.  The statement also forbids any local government or agency from legislating an ordinance to control the recyclable materials mentioned in the statement.

So, will Florida institute a plastic bag ban?  Time will tell.

Here is the statement from Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection:

403.7033 F.S. Departmental analysis of particular recyclable materials.

The Legislature finds that prudent regulation of recyclable materials is crucial to the ongoing welfare of Florida's ecology and economy. As such, the Department of Environmental Protection shall undertake an analysis of the need for new or different regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments. The analysis shall include input from state and local government agencies, stakeholders, private businesses, and citizens, and shall evaluate the efficacy and necessity of both statewide and local regulation of these materials. To ensure consistent and effective implementation, the department shall submit a report with conclusions and recommendations to the Legislature no later than February 1, 2010. Until such time that the Legislature adopts the recommendations of the department, no local government, local governmental agency, or state government agency may enact any rule, regulation, or ordinance regarding use, disposition, sale, prohibition, restriction, or tax of such auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags.

Source: Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection

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