On July 17, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to prohibit food establishments statewide from using foam food containers.
HB 2560 declares that polystyrene foam, in most cases, is not cost-effective to store or ship because the material requires a large amount of storage space.
On June 24, Thailand's Department of Industrial Works issued a prohibition on imports of electronic and plastic waste. The Department will also be proposing "an indefinite ban on these imports in the near future," and officials will soon begin inspecting recycling facilities nationwide.
India, the host country on World Environment Day this year, announced on June 5 that it would eliminate all single-use plastics nationwide by 2022. The country also committed to joining the UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign, as well as making 100 national monuments litter-free.
Since the 1970s, the world has come together to focus efforts on local, national and global scales to start a conversation and take care of the earth. This year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, calls for us to focus on reducing our reliance on plastics in everyday life.
In a recent letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) that was obtained and shared by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), it was announced that the terminal was stockpiling scrap materials and, as a result, will temporarily stop accepting all containers of scrap plastic and paper from June 25 through October 15, 2018.
The Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification describes a state-wide ban of the manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale & retail sale and storage, and import of plastic bags with and without handles, and disposable products manufactured from plastic and thermocol (polystyrene).