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Winter Park city leaders to vote on rule to ban single-use plastic

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Dhaka, 5 May, 2021: Winter Park is days away from making an official new rule banning single-use plastic.

WESH 2 News looked into how the rule will work and how it will impact residents.

Beginning next week, single-use plastics are officially going to be banned from all city-owned buildings and city-sponsored events in Winter Park.

"We're talking about plastic bags, plastic stirrers, plastic straws, Styrofoam containers like trays, cups and plates," said Vanessa Balta, with the City of Winter Park,

Winter Park commissioners passed the resolution banning plastics months ago, but it doesn't go into full effect until May 11.

The city isn't the first to pass such a ban. Orlando, Winter Garden and Orange County all have similar ones.

"We really see this as an opportunity to be an example for the region as well as our neighbors," Balta said.

One of the areas where people will most likely see this resolution in action is during Winter Park's Farmers Market, which is held in the West Meadow every Saturday.

"I think it's great. I think it's great for our community and the environment," resident Amira Hamad said.

"I'm all for it. I love the idea. McDonald's has the big plastic straws. I'd love to see them go over to, I'd like to see everybody go to paper," resident Mark Cantor said.

To kick things off, the city says it will be handing out some merchandise at the farmers market on May 22.

"We are going to be providing some reusable tote bags, nice insulated tote bags for you to be able to put your produce in and also some reusable straws," Balta said.

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