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U.S. to phase out single-use plastic on public lands, national parks by 2032

The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday it will phase out single-use plastic products on public lands by 2032, including in national parks, in a move aimed at tackling a major source of U.S. plastic waste as recycling efforts falter.

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The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday it will phase out single-use plastic products on public lands by 2032, including in national parks, in a move aimed at tackling a major source of U.S. plastic waste as recycling efforts falter.

Highlights

  • Interior Department to phase out single-use plastic products on public lands by 2032.
  • Move aimed at tackling major source of U.S.
  • plastic waste as recycling efforts falter.
  • Announcement comes as part of a broader package of announcements from Biden administration to recognize World Ocean Day.
  • The ocean ends up taking in a vast amount of plastic pollution taking in more than 14 million tons of plastic per year.
  • Plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris found from surface, Interior Department said.