Upgraded restriction on plastic products will transform white pollution into a green industry in China

From January, the Chinese government is stepping up restrictions on plastic products to tackle the country’s white pollution problem. The stricter rule, for the first time, clearly states the specific requirements and established goals of banning plastic products.

From January, the Chinese government is stepping up restrictions on plastic products to tackle the country’s white pollution problem. The stricter rule, for the first time, clearly states the specific requirements and established goals of banning plastic products.

Yan Lee, a professor at the School of the Environment at the Renmin University of China, said in an interview with Jingji (a magazine in China) and China Economic Net that the restriction order and self-discipline of business people are far from enough. He said only the government coordinated with producers, sellers, and consumers, plastic products would be phased out.

Li Yan said it was unrealistic to replace all plastic products for the consumers widely used them. He suggested three solutions to tackle this issue. The best solution is to replace plastic with other materials that have little impact on the environment. The second one is to upgrade non-degradable plastic to degradable. Reducing the use of plastic ranks last.

With the active promotion of policies to restrict plastic, research institutions estimated that paper packaging would preferentially benefit, as paper bags and paper lunch containers are the most apparent substitutes. Li said that if the government could grant certain subsidies, degradable plastic bags would thrive.

Disclaimer: This is an article created by Michael Liang for Chinasdg.org. You can find the original article here: https://chinasdg.org/2020/06/05/upgraded-restriction-on-plastic-products-will-transform-white-pollution-into-a-green-industry-in-china/.

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