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Country Laws on Plastic Products

Bans and fees on single use plastics are an effective way to end plastic pollution of the top items found in beach & river cleanups. Countries with nationwide ban laws that have been enacted, announced, or proposed:

  • Plastic bag ban: 188 (includes 27 EU countries)

  • Plastic straw ban: 81 (includes 27 EU countries)

  • Polystyrene foam container ban: 96 (includes 27 EU countries)

  • Container Deposit Law (Deposit Return Scheme): 54 (includes 27 EU countries)

Information sources: UN Environment Report (July 2018) and updated with news searches.

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