Prohibited items are:
·Styrofoam™ products (cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, to-go boxes, etc)
·Plastic straws and stirrers (including the use of bio-plastic straws)
·Plastic plates, cups, and bowls for serving
·Plastic lids, trays, and similar single-use items
These items never break down in the environment but do break apart into smaller pieces known as microplastics. These microplastics can end up polluting our waterways and being eaten by wildlife, including the fish that we consume. By using eco-friendly alternatives such as paper, the City of Largo is protecting the long-term economic and environmental health of our community. These efforts are part of our overall sustainability goals that are outlined in the Largo Environmental Action Plan (LEAP). Visit FB.com/LargoRecycles or sign up for the OurFutureLargo newsletter to keep up on the latest sustainability news.
Are you a business looking for eco-friendly materials?
There are plenty of local stores, retailers, and companies that provide these materials inexpensively. Paper versions of single-use plastics tend to be the most cost-effective and can be found at most retailers including:
·Auburn Supply Group local purchasing co-op
·Publix paper and Greenwise Items
·Sam's Club eco-friendly and paper products
·Target's Seventh Generation and paper products
·Office Depot's Green Book
·EcoPromotions sustainable giveaways
Do you have questions about what items are allowed on City property? Email us at Sustainability@Largo.com.
Are you a business already using eco-friendly items and are ready to be certified?
Get your certification with Ocean Allies and be recognized by customers and other businesses alike! This certification helps to promote your business to consumers who actively look for eco-friendly places to eat, shop and work with. Once you are certified you will be listed on their partner page as well as on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium page so that residents and visitors can help celebrate your accomplishments.
How important are single-use plastics to you? Join the conversation on LetUsKnowLargo.com!