China Announces Major Phaseout of Single-Use Plastics

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A worker sorts out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village. China also announced Sunday that it would work to promote the use of recycled plastics. FRED DUFOUR / AFP via Getty Images China , the world’s No. 1 producer of plastic pollution , announced major plans Sunday to cut back on the sale and production of single-use plastics . According to the plans put forward by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, plastic bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in smaller cities and towns by 2022, Reuters reported . (Markets selling fresh fruits and vegetables will have until 2025 to phase out the bags). The commission said it was enacting the changes in order to protect public health and “to build a beautiful China,” CNN reported . The plan targets a variety of plastic types and industries over the next five years, BBC News reported . Other measures include: A ban on the production and sale of plastic bags less than 0.025 millimeters thick A ban on single-use straws in restaurants by the end of 2020 A mandate that restaurants reduce the […]

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