The Miami Beach City Commission has adopted a new ordinance plan, which prohibits the sale and use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) within the city of Miami Beach. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Styrofoam has been linked to harm Miami's environment and consists of non-biodegradable qualities that are difficult to recycle. The polystyrene can also cause serious impacts on human health and wildlife in our Miami Beach habitats. The ban has come into effect in hopes of further protecting the waters and sands throughout the rich lively coasts of Miami Beach. In order to alleviate waste and help enhance the county's eco-friendly environment; the city encourages residents and local businesses to use reusable containers and other packaging alternatives that are less harmful than Styrofoam. Violators not willing to comply with these new policies, will be issued tickets varying anywhere from $50 to $500. According to city officials, tickets have already started being issued as of September 16, 2016. While Miami's residents and tourists enjoy the scorching blazing sun,tropical weather, and diverse eateries around our coast lines, it is important for the public to be aware of the new policy changes taking place in Miami Beach this year.