The Chinese government has announced a new plan


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  • 20 Jan 2020
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China Moves to Phase Out Single-use Plastics

The Chinese government has announced a new plan to crack down on plastic pollution across the country by 2025, including a ban on single-use plastic straws and bags. The country has said both the production and use of a large number of single-use plastics would be slowly phased out across the country by the middle of the decade. Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022, and the restaurant industry will be banned from using single-use straws by the end of this year. China produces more than 29 percent of the world’s plastic products, making it the largest manufacturer of plastic in the world. But it is also one of the largest consumers of plastic, creating problems for waste management. The country’s largest rubbish dump – the size of around 100 football fields – is already full, 25 years ahead of schedule.

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