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Leon County leaders vote to ban plastic straws, Styrofoam at county events

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 19:01:28-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — The next time you attend a Leon County event, you may notice your drink may not have a plastic straw.

Leon County Commissioners considered whether to ban or reduce use of single-use straws.

Overall, commissioners want to educate the public and restaurants about the dangers of plastic straws. They did not however, ban restaurants from using the plastic straws.

Leon County leaders voted to not use single-use plastic straws or Styrofoam at county events or county property, meaning the next time you attend a county event you won't get a plastic straw.

Commissioners also want to highlight the restaurants in the county that have already turned to environmentally friendly alternatives to straws.

"I think it's important that we lead the way prior to asking or forcing upon our local business owners or community," said Jimbo Jackson, Leon County Commissioner. "I think it's important that we see how it impacts what we do and that we experience what it's like to not have single-use plastic straws."

Commissioners also made a motion to get more information about the possibility of banning plastic straws and how they would impact local businesses.

The commission voted in favor of this with a vote of 6 to 1, with Commissioner Bill Proctor opposed.