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RESOLUTION NO. 122-2019 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF PALM <br /> BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, STRONGLY <br /> ENCOURAGING THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO APPROVE SENATE <br /> BILL 182, AND ANY COMPANION HOUSE BILLS RELATING TO THE <br /> PREEMPTION OF RECYCLABLE AND POLYSTYRENE MATERIALS BY <br /> AMENDING SECTION 403.7033 AND SECTION 500.90, FLORIDA <br /> STATUTES, REPEALING THE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL LAWS <br /> REGARDING THE USE OR SALE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS AND <br /> POLYSTYRENE MATERIALS. <br /> WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of Palm Beach is diligent in its efforts <br /> to preserve the beautiful environment that supports the tourism industry which is so vital <br /> to the economy of the Town of Palm Beach and the State of Florida; and <br /> WHEREAS, plastic bags and polystyrene are detrimental because they do not fully <br /> degrade in our oceans or land environment and they introduce unsafe chemicals into our <br /> environment; and <br /> WHEREAS, plastic bags and polystyrene create the potential for death of land and <br /> marine animals through entanglement and ingestion; and <br /> WHEREAS, the expansive usage of single-use shopping bags and polystyrene <br /> containers and their typical disposal rates creates an impediment to the Town's waste <br /> reduction and recycling goals while creating unsightly litter; and <br /> WHEREAS, single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers are difficult to <br /> recycle and frequently contaminate material that is processed through the Town's <br /> curbside recycling and composting programs; and <br /> WHEREAS, reusable bags and biodegradable containers are considered to be the <br /> best option to reduce waste and litter, protect wildlife and conserve resources; and <br /> WHEREAS, Council acknowledges that some businesses have taken affirmative <br /> steps to accomplish this goal and recognizes their proactive efforts; and <br /> WHEREAS, it is in the public interest for the Council to encourage and enable the <br /> location of a viable reusable bag manufacturing operation in the State of Florida; and <br />