|This BUD LIGHT can is beyond the redeemable stage, but it|
could be recycled with household recyclables.
|Hard spirits bottles of any size are not|
returnable. Mini-bottles like there are
common parking lot and roadside litter.
|OARS Assabet River cleanup, 2013. Click to enlarge photos.|
The use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) as fast-food packaging and as disposable cups has diminished. Maine and Maryland have enacted bans on polystyrene food containers, including restaurant take-out containers. On the downside, food stores switched from paper to plastic bags for being less expensive; in response, public awareness campaigns have led to people bringing their own reusable bags. Worldwide, more than 30 countries have banned the use of single-use plastic bags. California was the first state to do the same; seven states have since followed suit. Massachusetts is considering a ban, and some towns – including Concord – have already initiated their own ban. On a weird note, lobbying by the American Progressive Bag Alliance has led to a dozen states blocking any towns, cities or counties from passing a local law, in effect banning the banning of plastic bags.