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  • Plastic Reduction Legislation: A Legal Overview

  • May 9th, 2024 — by Abigail Comar — Category: Marine Debris

  • Photo of a seagull and plastic trash in water

    In March, the National Sea Grant Law Center provided its third memorandum on plastic bag legislation to Ohio Sea Grant. Previous memos released in 2018 and 2020 provided overviews on state laws regarding plastic bags and other plastic trash. The latest memo expands on previous versions by including a nationwide look at polystyrene (Styrofoam) legislation. The memo also dives into two plastic bills in Congress, the United Nations’ Global Plastics Treaty, and Tribal community efforts to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam.

    These memos are useful educational tools. Many of Ohio Sea Grant’s partners utilize them to share plastics legislation with stakeholders in a compact, digestible way. The memos are used at outreach events to engage with relevant decision makers on plastic regulation. Prevention is key. Recycling cannot be the only focus for reducing plastic pollution, and this memo is a vital resource for understanding the state of plastics legislation in the country.

    The NSGLC will host a webinar June 13th at 2:00 pm CST to discuss the newest memo and its findings. The webinar will also feature Haley Dalian, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program, who will present on marine debris and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant extension educator, will present an overview of plastic reduction work in the Great Lakes.

    Register for Webinar

  • Abigail Comar
    Marine Debris Outreach Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant

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