By Afra Jin/ HelloSanya
China implemented a nationwide restriction on plastic bags back in 2008 to limit the production, sale and use of plastic shopping bags. Along with the announcement to restrict production, transportation, sale, storage and use of disposable plastic products in Hainan Special Economic Zone, in October 2008 Hainan Province stepped up its game to limit the use of plastic bags on the island.
However, products such as plastic bags are still in huge demand. According to statistics, every year about 120,000 tons of disposable non-biodegradable plastic products are used in Hainan Province. Among them 65,000 tons are produced in Hainan. Supermarkets charge between 0.1-0.5 RMB for plastic bags. Consumers have gotten used to buying these bags for the sake of convenience. Also traders at traditional markets provide free plastic bags, contributing even more to the negative impact on the environment.
Hainan government has recently announced that the “restriction of plastic” will be upgraded to “prohibition of plastic”.
Hainan Province has officially announced the Implementing Plan for Prohibiting the Production, Sale and Use of Disposable Non-Biodegradable Plastic Products in Hainan Province (PLAN). According to PLAN, the production, sale and use of plastics products listed in the Catalogue of Prohibited Disposable Non-Biodegradable Plastics Products in Hainan Province (Catalogue) will be totally banned by 2025.
To specifically determinate which plastic products can not be produced, sold or used, this “Catalogue” includes a “Black List” updating prohibited plastic products. The first edition of the “Catalogue” is scheduled to be released in December 2019.
21 missions of 7 general aspects are supposed to be completed by implementing PLAN. These include establishing a coordinated mechanism for plastic ban, improving policies and regulations, steadily implementing plastic ban, developing research on alternative biodegradable plastics, establishing a recycling system for non-biodegradable plastic products, strengthening market supervision, and comprehensively promoting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
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