China imposes ban on single-use plastic bags and products followed by the ban of plastic by 2025.
For a long time now, China has been crowned to be the biggest plastic user. Furthermore, the country influenced in reducing single-use plastics all over the country. As per the latest global waste management news, China has been in a sheer dilemma in dealing with plastic waste. The largest rubbish dump in China covers nearly 100 football grounds which is already full.
Brief History of China’s Initiative –
In 2010, China produced 60 million tonnes of plastic waste as the data at the University of Oxford. While in the year 2017, It is noted that China alone collected 215 million tonnes of urban household waste. As per verified reports, China is making a global approach for waste management by 2025.
What are the initiatives taken by China?
- The restaurants in China are going to ban the use of plastic straws by 2020. Nearly 30% of single-use plastic should be restricted by the industry.
- Hotels should omit the use and purchase of free single-use plastic products by 2025.
- Major cities and areas will ban the use and sale of plastics within 2022 while the implementation of the entire industry will be until 2025.
As per BBC environment analyst, Earth is in sheer danger unless China takes preventive measures for waste management. With news emerging on China’s serious actions towards protecting the environment, a UK based Environmental Investigation Bureau critics threw light on failed attempt on coal-fired power stations from being built.
What are the changes implemented by China?
- Beijing almost banned the use of plastics followed by a ban on illegally produced wood. The state has amended the law to help timber-producing countries in protecting forestry resources and the industry. Furthermore, they support the ban on deforestation.
- This is not the only sole campaign on plastic waste management. In 2008, China banned retailers from giving free plastic bags. At the same time, they banned the production of ultra-thin plastic bags.
- In 2017, China globally announced a complete ban on the import of foreign plastic waste. This decision has led to a load of chaos to the developed countries that are shifting to the other poorer countries in Asia.
China is not the only country to impose the ban on single-use plastics. Thailand professed on banning the single-use plastics in the country by 2021. Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital will be banning the same in departmental stores and markets by June 2020. Bali has already banned the use of single-use plastic.