Plastic Ban – GBRI
 

At a time when communities, businesses and individuals around the world have declared war on plastic and most of them are ditching or have already ditched plastic straws for good, Florida is considering taking a massive step backwards by pushing a bill that would suspend municipalities for five years for putting a ban on plastic […]

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Now here is one great news for the environment! European Union is slowly inching towards a blanket ban on some of the most common single-use plastics like cigarette butts, straws, bottles, disposable cutlery and cotton buds in order to tackle the problem of marine plastic pollution. Negotiators from the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement […]

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Mumbai’s ‘Blue Squad’ – a team of inspectors wearing blue uniforms – is entrusted with the job of enforcing a recent ban on single-use plastics in the city. Needless to say, shopkeepers aren’t really thrilled when they spot the squad in their markets. The Blue Squad – middle-aged and graying – may not look intimidating but their […]

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove just announced that a ban on plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers could be in place within a year. The move is aimed at tackling the mounting problem of plastic pollution and forcing business establishments to offer readily available non-plastic alternatives. The ban would come into force at some point between October 2019 […]

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After China put in place a stringent ban on plastic waste imports from western countries to focus on its own pollution problems, Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam stepped into China’s shoes. However, last month Vietnam and Malaysia decided to limit imported trash and now Thailand is following suit. The country will stop […]

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In an attempt to curtail the amount of plastic waste generated by its stores, theme parks and cruise ships, Walt Disney just announced that it plans to phase out plastic straws and stirrers and “complete [its] work to eliminate polystyrene cups across our global owned and operated business.” On Disney cruise ships, “refillable in-room amenities” will be […]

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the city of Laredo cannot ban plastic bags. This decision will most likely have wide-ranging effects in cities across Texas like Austin, Fort Stockton and Port Aransas, that have already levied similar bans. The court ruled that only the state has the authority to regulate solid waste disposal […]

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In a first-of-its kind initiative, more than 40 businesses in the UK have signed the ‘UK Plastics Pact’ to fight plastic pollution by vowing to stop the use of single-use plastics for packaging. This is great news as major brands like Sainsbury’s, Nestlé and Coca-Cola have also signed the pact and these companies are collectively responsible […]

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