At a General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature today, Legislator Tom Muratore co-sponsored three bills that were adopted by overwhelming majority to ban and limit single-use plastics.
Introductory Resolution (IR) 1112-2019 is a local law to prohibit the use of polystyrene foam containers in Suffolk County. IR 1113-2019 requires single-use beverage straws and stirrers to be distributed at dining establishments “by request only,” and 1121-2019 prohibits the distribution of single-use plastics in Suffolk County Parks.
“Many of these plastic products, such as drinking straws and stirrers are manufactured to be used once by the consumer and discarded. They cannot be broken down easily or quickly to biodegrade, which is a problem,” stated Legislator Muratore. "This causes unwanted pollution in our ground and bodies of water, and injury and death to wildlife. The polystyrene foam containers are not only pollutants, they are considered potential human carcinogens. As a longstanding member of the Environment, Planning and Agricultural Committee, I support my colleagues in taking measures to reduce waste and preserve our natural resources.”