42 USC 6914b - Degradable plastic ring carriers; definitions

As used in this title
(1) the term regulated item means any plastic ring carrier device that contains at least one hole greater than 13/4 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
(2) 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.