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- Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:21:01 -0800
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Subject: China Bans Plastic
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 13:07:47 -0800
China announces plastic bag ban
development has triggered concerns over pollution
The Chinese government says it is banning shops from handing out free
plastic bags from June this year, in a bid to curb pollution.
Production of ultra-thin plastic bags
will also be banned, the State Council said in a statement.
Instead, people will be encouraged to
use baskets or reusable cloth bags for their shopping, the council said.
The move comes amid growing concern
about pollution and environmental degradation in China.
China was using huge quantities of
plastic bags each year, the State Council, China's cabinet, said in its
directive, posted on the main government website.
"Plastic shopping bags, due to
reasons such as excessive use and inefficient recycling, have caused
serious energy and resources waste and environment pollution," it
Of particular concern were cheap,
flimsy bags that many shopkeepers routinely handed out to customers.
"The super-thin bags have
especially become a main source of plastic pollution as they are easy to
break and thus disposed of carelessly," the statement said.
Shops that violated the new rules
could be fined or have their goods confiscated, it said.
The council also called for greater
recycling efforts from rubbish collectors, and suggested financial
authorities should consider higher taxes on the production and sale of
In recent years, China's rapid
development has triggered concerns over pollution and use of resources.
But correspondents say that there is a
growing awareness that more needs to be done to protect the environment.