Sunrise is committed to environmental stewardship and leadership and finds that it is in the public interest, safety, and welfare of our community and visitors to reduce litter and pollutants on land and in the water in our City. When discarded plastic items get littered, or caught by the wind, these items get washed into our storm drains and negatively impact our stormwater management system and waterways, and threaten wildlife and marine life.
Join the City of Sunrise in the worldwide movement to reduce waste from single-use plastics!
Pass Up Plastics is a community-wide initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic items like bags, beverage and takeout containers, straws, and utensils. Plastics do not biodegrade but rather slowly break down into smaller pieces of plastic (microplastics). It can take up to hundreds of years for plastic products to decompose, so pledge to Pass Up Plastics today, and help to not pass it on to future generations.
The Plastic Problem
Plastics are the most common type of debris found in our beaches, oceans, and waterways. The volume of plastic in our oceans is projected to out-weigh marine life by 2050. Often mistaken as food by fish and birds, plastic threatens the health of marine habitats and wildlife.
- View short documentaries on plastics from The Story of Stuff Project.
- Watch Our plastic problem and how to solve it video from PBS.
How many plastics can you pass up?
(By refusing, reusing or choosing alternatives)
Refuse plastic bags when shopping if you can manage without- Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually!
Reusable alternatives: Cotton, muslin or linen bags
Other alternatives: Paper bags (make sure to recycle after use!)
Refuse plastic straws/ stirrers, as they generally are not necessary for drinking. Half a million straws are used in the world every day!
Reusable alternatives: Bamboo or metal straws
Other alternatives: Paper, biodegradable bagasse (sugarcane), or other biodegradable and compostable straws
Refuse plastic water bottles- 80% end up in landfills! And over 500 billion disposable cups are consumed every year!
Reusable alternatives: Stainless steel, glass, ceramic, BPA free reusable plastics
Other alternatives: Paper, biodegradable bagasse (sugarcane) or other biodegradable and compostable cups
Other alternatives to bottled water: Boxed water
Refuse plastic and polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam) take out containers. In 2015, take out containers and packaging generated 77.9 million tons of solid waste!
Reusable alternatives: Glass containers, BPA -free reusable plastic containers
Other alternatives: Biodegradable and compostable bagasse (sugarcane) or wheatsraw containers
Refuse unnecessary plastic cutlery- More than 100 million pieces of plastic utensils are used by Americans every day
Reusable alternatives: wood, metal, or bamboo utensils
Other alternatives: edible cutlery
- Vendor Product Guide from Debris Free Oceans
- Miami Beach Suppliers of Environmentally Preferable Food & Beverage Products
- "3 steps to Reduce Plastic & Benefit your Business: A Guide for Restaurants and Eateries" available from Product Stewardship Institute
- "Reusable Food Serviceware Guide" available for download from Rethink Disposable