Miami Beach Commissioner Wants Out Of Coca-Cola Vending Contract, Cites Plastic Bottle 'Hypocrisy'

Posted On: 7/8/2019

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MIAMI BEACH, FL -- Miami Beach made Coca-Cola its official non-alcoholic beverage sponsor in 2012 under a 10-year contract that exclusively allowed Coke products to be sold in vending machines on city property. But with three years left on the contract, Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola says sale of the beverage giant's single-use plastic bottles run counter to a city tagline, #PlasticFreeMB.

The deal also named Coca-Cola the official sponsor of all city-run special events, and included the city purchasing 22,500 cases of Coke beverages each year.

City commissioners planned to discuss terminating the contract before the 2021 end date during a meeting in late June, but the subject was postponed to July 17, according to Miami New Times.

Miami Beach's #PlasticFreeMB campaign encourages residents to always carry a reusable bottle. Meanwhile, Arriola pointed out, it's hypocritical to have plastic bottles of Coke products sold in city vending machines.

The city began its #PlasticFreeMB movement in 2017 by prohibiting the sale and use of Styrofoam. City commissioners then banned plastic straws and stirrers from all city property and the use of plastic bags on city property and at sidewalk cafés.

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