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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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.
As of November 1, 2021, New York City food service establishments may no longer provide single-use plastic beverage straws, except upon request. Additionally, food service establishments may no longer provide single-use beverage splash sticks or stirrers made of plastic.
July 9, 2019 a balloon release ordinance was proposed. The proposed bill prohibits balloon releases with fines of up to $250 for deliberate violators.
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.
As of January 1, 2019, New York City stores, food service establishments, and mobile food commissaries may no longer offer, sell or possess single-use foam food containers such as foam takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls, trays, and coolers. Additionally, manufacturers, distributors, and stores may no longer sell or offer for sale loose fill foam packaging (“packing peanuts”) in the city.
Prohibits hotels from making available to its hotel guests small plastic bottles containing hospitality personal care products
A law that prohibits food service establishments, couriers who deliver food, and food delivery platforms from providing eating utensils, extra eating containers, condiment packets, and napkins to customers for take-out and delivery orders unless the customer specifically requests them.