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01-22-2020

A Five-Year Plan against Single-Use Plastics

China Decides to Restrict Plastic Products

Very popular in Asia: free disposable items in hotel bathrooms (here a picture from Japan). In China, they might also be affected by a ban from 2025 onwards (© K. Klotz)

Very popular in Asia: free disposable items in hotel bathrooms (here a picture from Japan). In China, they might also be affected by a ban from 2025 onwards (© K. Klotz)

On Sunday (19.1.2020), China has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country. According to media reports, the restaurant industry will be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020. Also from this date non-degradable bags will no longer be allowed in large cities and in all cities and towns two years later. However, markets selling fresh produce will be exempt from the ban until 2025.

Five-Year Plan

The regulations are part of a plan of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Environment for the next five years. Until then, the restaurant industry must reduce the consumption of single-use plastic items by 30%.

Plastic utensils from snack bars and courier packages made of plastic are also to be banned The production and sale of plastic bags with a thickness of less than 0.025 mm as well as agricultural films of less than 0.01 mm are also to be restricted. Initially, however, there were contradictory reports as to whether all regions would be affected equally.

Source

https://de.reuters.com/article/china-environment-plastic-idINL1N29O01O

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51171491

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