Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items

20 Janvier, 2020, 14:34 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • China Unveils Plan to Reduce Single-Use Plastic by 2025

Thailand announced earlier this year that single-use plastic bags would be banned in major stores, with a complete ban across the entire country in 2021.

China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems.

This isn't China's first campaign against the use of plastics.

Fruit packaged in plastic are on display at a supermarket in Beijing, China, Nov. 20, 2018.

China is already boosting recycling rates and is building dozens of "comprehensive resource utilization" bases to ensure that more products are reused as part of its war on waste.

Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers.

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Authorities have now set specific timelines to minimize China's plastic pollution.

Plastic bags will be banned across all cities and towns in 2022, though markets selling fresh produce will be exempt until 2025.

In 2017 alone, China collected 215 million tonnes of urban household waste.

A number of routine items - including single-use plastic straws, cotton swabs, and cosmetic products containing microbeads - as well as certain plastic soil coverings that are considered a main source of farmland soil pollution are expected to be entirely eliminated nationwide by the end of 2020.

By 2020, some pilot areas and sectors in China will prohibit and restrict the production, sale and use of some plastics, with a total ban on waste plastic imports to be imposed. Cities will be required to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags and aim for a 30% reduction in the consumption of single-use cutlery. "We use plastics indiscriminately because we think they are clean, when they actually do harm to the environment".



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