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Councilmember Amir Farokhi Introduces Plastics Ban for City Buildings

Post Date:08/05/2019 6:41 PM

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August 5, 2019

Councilmember Amir Farokhi Introduces Plastics Ban for City Buildings

ATLANTA — District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi introduced legislation Monday that would ban certain single-use plastics that are harmful to the environment in City of Atlanta owned buildings, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam are among the items that would be banned.

The bill represents an important step forward in Atlanta’s effort to lead on environmental issues, Farokhi said. 

“Every day there’s a new headline and study detailing the dire position our planet is in,” he said. “The time to act on sustainability was yesterday. Elected officials at every level will be judged in the future by what they do today.”

Farokhi believes that every level of government is needed to tackle environmental issues. Cities play an important role.

“City buildings, particularly at the Airport through its retailers and restaurants, are major consumers of these harmful products. We can make a substantial impact by shifting to paper and reusables and substantial statement as a city by taking up this cause,” he said.

The legislation was introduced with a companion resolution asking the City to work with private retailers to replicate the plastics ban at venues like grocery stores and stadiums. It is critical that the ban for City buildings move forward first, Farokhi said.

“Before we can ask private companies to change their behaviors, we need to behave accordingly,” he said. “This bill represents a leg to stand on as we attempt to build a broader public-private coalition.” 

Monday’s bill was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Andrea Boone, Carla Smith, Antonio Brown, Dustin Hillis, Jennifer Ide, Michael Julian Bond and Marci Collier Overstreet.

The items will be heard before the Transportation and Finance/Executive Committees on Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.

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The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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