The start of 2022 kicked off a range of new bans and regulations related to plastics.
The state of New York's new ban on expanded polystyrene for "single-use foam food and beverage containers and polystyrene loose fill packaging materials, commonly known as packing peanuts" began on Jan. 1.
In Virginia, cities and counties can begin imposing a 5-cent fee for "each disposable plastic bag provided to shoppers in local grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies." The fee is an option that must be approved by local community leaders. So far, the cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg and Roanoke and the counties of Arlington and Fairfax have begun charging the fee.
But in Hawaii, the mayor of Maui County — which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai — announced Dec. 29 the government would suspend a pending ban on plastic disposable foodservice items until March 1.
"I want to support businesses that face enormous challenges in this ongoing pandemic," Mayor Michael Victorino said. "COVID-related supply chain disruptions have caused severe shortages of supplies and delays in shipping. I have provided this grace period to help businesses survive, while I remain in full support of this ordinance to replace plastic foodware with compostable alternatives."