Gainesville bus riders to face conversations over zero waste policies

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Several city commissioners are scheduled to ride bus routes, hand out free reusable grocery bags and discuss Gainesville's zero waste initiative.

Among the focuses are styrofoam and single-use plastic bags, both of which are set to be banned starting in January of 2020. The two items never fully degrade, become litter and create health hazards when consumed by animals.

Commissioner Harvey Ward made the first bus trip.

"The styrofoam cups that I used as a kid are still floating around," Ward told TV20. "They're still going to be a part of the environment when my children's children's children are my age."

On January 2nd, the city will begin to enforce its plastic bag and styrofoam ban. That is despite the Florida Retail Association threatening a lawsuit.