plastic legislation

India Fights Plastic Waste 'Time Bomb'

A grim headline from the Times of India reports that India's Supreme Court has emphasized that the country is a "plastic time bomb" due to the sheer volume of plastic it disposes of on a daily basis, with Delhi alone producing 689.5 tonnes of plastic refuse per day. According to the article's writer, Dhananjay Mahapatra, the amount of plastic discarded daily in India is even more shocking. Piles of plastic dot the landscape in the form of permanent mountains which never biodegrade and build up as the country produces more and more waste. He writes:

Santa Cruz County Board Approves Polystyrene Ban

The [United States city of] Santa Cruz [California] County Board of Supervisors today gave approval in concept to an ordinance prohibiting the sale of most polystyrene foam products in the unincorporated county.  The ordinance bans the sale of polystyrene foam cups, plates, bowls, coolers and beach toys, among other items, but exempts products such as surfboards, construction materials or food products which are packaged outside of the county.

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