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.
Marine Debris Content Portlet
Included are amendments to the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act of 2006, otherwise known as the Marine Debris Act.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program is authorized by Congress to work on marine debris through the Marine Debris Act, signed into law in 2006 and amended in 2012.
Introduced into legislation, a ban of free distribution of plastic bags at the point of sale and place a fee on other types of bags such as paper.
Adopted in July of 2011, this document contains amendments to Annex V of the protocol of 1978, relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.
October 22, 2018 the City of Annapolis banned expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food service products (Styrofoam). Takes effect on September 1, 2019. Violators will be fined $100 for the first violation and $200 for each additional violation.
On May 31, 2019 a law passed for a state-wide ban of all Styrofoam packaging containers for restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, food trucks, etc. Takes effect on July 1, 2020 with fines of $250 to violators.
July 9, 2019 a balloon release ordinance was proposed. The proposed bill prohibits balloon releases with fines of up to $250 for deliberate violators.