FSM starts ban on disposable single-use plastic bags


Starting today, the Federated States of Micronesia will start banning the importation of disposable single-use plastic and styrofoam food service items in order to promote sustainable packaging.

FSM president David Panuelo signed the emergency regulation this week, but the law was already in place back in February.

With the regulations now in place, FSM-based businesses are no longer allowed to bring in plastic disposable straws, non-reusable plastic cups and single use plastic shopping bags into the country.

However, the Office of the FSM president made it clear that while it is now unlawful for these goods to be imported into the FSM, businesses with existing stocks can still sell or use them until they run out.

With this legislation, the FSM joins Palau and several other island nations in the growing movement to ban single-use non-reusable plastic bags.