A vendor offers a free plastic bag as she sells vegetables in a market in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. (File photo: China Daily)
As the e-commerce and food delivery businesses rise in China, the plastics consumption is also ramping up. Recently, Jiangxi Province in East China released plans to further cut down on disposable plastic use and promote plastic substitutes.
The non-degradable plastic ban will be implemented in retail, restaurant takeout services and exhibitions in Nanchang, capital city of Jiangxi by the end of 2020, and then spread to major cities in Jiangxi Province by the end of 2022.
People who are accustomed to paying for a plastic bag at a supermarket will now have to look for degradable ones, if available.
Nanchang's government organs, public-sector enterprises and institutions, and school canteens will be the vanguard to abandon single-use plastic tableware, and introduce recyclable substitutes such as paper or cotton bags.
At the same time, Jinan city in East China's Shandong Province has also specified measures to curb white pollution. The use of non-degradable plastic bags will be banned in supermarkets, restaurant takeout services and exhibitions, and be standardized and restricted in country fairs.
According to the Jinan government, disposable plastic straws and tableware will be banned in restaurants on the city level by the end of 2020, and on the county level by the end of 2022.
In the hotel sector, single-use plastic products will no longer be provided in star-rated hotels in Jinan by the end of 2022. Vending machines and refillable cleaning products will be available if needed.
As for the delivery industry, recyclable packages will be advanced in Jinan. Non-degradable plastic bags, tapes and single-use woven bags will be phased out gradually.
(Compiled by Wang Qin)