What are some new policies designed to protect the enviornment in your community?
This is very subjective and dependent on the country (and culture).
In our country, the latest development in the attempt to protect the environment is plastic ban. It might appear that this is an old issue, but plastic as well as styrofoam packaging are still widely used in our country. Only recently was styrofoam packaging banned; and only in the past few months has the government made concrete efforts on reducing plastic waste. Currently, a few cities and municipalities have strict rules and guidelines regarding plastic usage. The result: most establishments make use of paper bags and other packaging. Even so, some still offer plastics with an additional charge.
(This is in the Philippines)