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The ban on free plastic bags and environmental protection

carroll  13-10-18 17:20

Language:中文 pin yin English

Previously, in China’s supermarkets, vegetable markets and various shopping malls and grocery stores, sellers put goods into plastic bags for free to allow customers to take their things home more easily. Before long, each family would accumulate lots of plastic bags, some of which were used for sundry objects or rubbish. Some were even directly thrown away. Disposing of plastic bags pollutes the environment, especially when it comes to super-thin plastic bags. Because they were used in such great quantity, discarded plastic bags could be seen everywhere. When the wind blew, you could see them flying around everywhere and hanging in trees, severely impacting the environment. 
Taking into account the damaging impact brought by such widespread use of plastic bags, on December 31, 2007, the General Office of the State Council issued a notice that explicitly stipulated, “From June 1, 2008, the production, sale and use of plastic bags thinner than 0.025 millimeters will be forbidden in the country”; “From June 1, 2008, plastic bags will no longer be free of charge in commodity retail locations, such as supermarkets, shopping malls and markets.” The stipulation restricted the production of plastic bags that did not meet the proper requirements, and made people gradually change the habit of using plastic bags which are not environmentally friendly through the approach of price adjustment and control. Today, the ban on free plastic bags has been in place for 5 years and many people have become used to taking cloth bags to go shopping. The number of discarded plastic bags has been obviously reduced and the ban has made Chinese people’s lives more environmentally friendly. 


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