The last few days of December often see us trying to complete a few more things on our "to-do" list. It can get kind of hectic.
So here's an update on something that did get wrapped up: The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act.
President Donald Trump signed the bill, along with three other items, on Dec. 18. The bipartisan bill, which updates the original 2018 Save Our Seas, first passed the Senate in January and the U.S. House of Representatives in October.
"The current SOS bill in Congress includes language calling for the U.S. to take a stronger role in global agreements around plastic waste, a measure that was hailed by some House Democrats as some countries push for the U.N. Environment Assembly to begin talks on a global treaty on plastics next year," Steve Toloken wrote about SOS 2.0 in October.
Domestically, the bill calls for spending at least $55 million a year for five years on grants to boost domestic recycling and on various studies, including on using plastic waste in infrastructure, health concerns over microplastics, eliminating barriers needed to improve recycling and other items. You can find more, including talk about future updates, here.