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Governments at all levels have recognized the importance of the marine debris issue by creating policies, laws, and regulations to address it. While some legislation may still be proposed or in process, this site provides a list of finalized legislative documents related to marine debris.

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Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act 2006
Save Our Seas Act of 2018
Maryland Styrofoam Ban
New York City Restrictions on the Distribution of Plastic Straws, Splash Sticks, and Stirrers
Queen Anne's County Proposed Balloon Release Ban
Revised MARPOL Annex V
Save our Seas Act 2.0 of 2020
City of Annapolis Styrofoam Ban
New York City Foam Ban
New York State Small Plastic Bottle Hospitality Personal Care Product Restrictions
Restricting the provision of eating utensils, condiment packets, napkins and extra eating containers, and clarifying the definition of third-party courier service.