The Chinese government has announced a new plan to crack down on plastic pollution across the country by 2025, including specific measures aimed at the food service industry. The restaurant industry will be banned from using single-use straws and cutlery by the end of this year, and has a target of reducing the use of single-use plastic items by 30%, whilst hotels have been told that they must not offer free single-use plastic items by 2025. However there are exeptions and phased targets for other parts of the industry such as takeways. China produces more than 29% of the world’s plastic products, making it the largest manufacturer of plastic in the world. But it is also one of the largest consumers of plastic, creating problems for waste management. The country’s largest rubbish dump – the size of around 100 football fields – is already full, 25 years ahead of schedule.
China’s plan to crack down on single-use plastics by 2025
Jan 27, 2020