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42 U.S. Code § 6914b - Degradable plastic ring carriers; definitions

As used in this title—
the term “regulated item” means any plastic ring carrier device that contains at least one hole greater than 1¾ inches in diameter which is made, used, or designed for the purpose of packaging, transporting, or carrying multipackaged cans or bottles, and which is of a size, shape, design, or type capable, when discarded, of becoming entangled with fish or wildlife; and
the term “naturally degradable material” means a material which, when discarded, will be reduced to environmentally benign subunits under the action of normal environmental forces, such as, among others, biological decomposition, photodegradation, or hydrolysis.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

This title, referred to in text, is title I of Pub. L. 100–556, Oct. 28, 1988, 102 Stat. 2779, which enacted sections 6914b and 6914b–1 of this title, and provisions set out as a note under section 6914b of this title. For complete classification of this title to the Code, see Tables.


Section was not enacted as part of the Solid Waste Disposal Act which comprises this chapter.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Congressional Findings

Pub. L. 100–556, title I, § 101, Oct. 28, 1988, 102 Stat. 2779, provided that:

“The Congress finds that—
plastic ring carrier devices have been found in large quantities in the marine environment;
fish and wildlife have been known to have become entangled in plastic ring carriers;
nondegradable plastic ring carrier devices can remain intact in the marine environment for decades, posing a threat to fish and wildlife; and
16 States have enacted laws requiring that plastic ring carrier devices be made from degradable material in order to reduce litter and to protect fish and wildlife.”