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China has announced Opinions on Further Strengthening the Control of Plastic Pollution


On 19th, January, National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced Opinions on Further Strengthening the Control of Plastic Pollution. The new policy aims to restrict the production and sale of plastic, in an effort to reduce waste in major cities in China. 

The main objectives are, by 2020, take the lead in banning and restricting the production, sales and use of some plastic products in some regions and areas. By 2022, the consumption of disposable plastic products will be significantly reduced, alternative products will be promoted, and the proportion of plastic waste resources and energy utilization will be significantly increased; in the areas of prominent plastic pollution problems and emerging areas such as e-commerce, express delivery, and takeaway, a number of reproducible and scalable plastic reduction and green logistics models. By 2025, the management system for the production, distribution, consumption, recycling and disposal of plastic products will be basically established, and a multi-party co-governance system will be basically formed. The level of development and application of alternative products will be further improved. The amount of plastic waste in key cities will be significantly reduced, and plastic pollution will be effectively controlled. 

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