Mountain peaks in Yosemite National Park caught in orange evening sunshine.

In the United States, the Department of the Interior is banning the sale of single-use plastics in national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

New legislation will see single-use plastic products phased out over the next 10 years, with environmentally friendly alternatives being used instead.

It is estimated that the move will save 80,000 tons of plastic going to waste annually, reports The Guardian in US government to ban single-use plastic in national parks.

The US currently recycles only about 5% of the plastic waste it creates.