China uses about 3 billion non-degradable disposable plastic bags every day

Release time:2023-10-14 Number of views: 132

China is a major producer and consumer of plastic products. Data from the plastic recycling Committee of the China Plastics Association shows that China uses about 3 billion plastic bags every day. As of 2019, the annual use of plastic bags exceeded 4 million tons. The huge consumption and the negative impact on the environment have made all sectors of society concerned about plastic pollution control.

During the investigation and visit, the reporter found that most of the public expressed support for the implementation of the national "plastic ban" policy and were willing to make changes to this end. But some people also asked: "Only banning the use of non-degradable disposable plastic straws, not banning the use of plastic cups, plastic caps, is a 'fake environmental protection, true form'?" "Plastic is not environmentally friendly, and the use of its replacement paper also consumes wood, is it even more environmentally unfriendly?" ... With some issues of public concern, the reporter interviewed a number of industry experts and discussed them from multiple perspectives.
"Drinking milk tea with paper straws will reduce happiness"
-- The topic of "limited plastic" frequently rushed to hot searches to reflect the public's enthusiasm for environmental protection
At the beginning of 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the "Opinions on Further Strengthening Plastic Pollution Control" (also known as the new "plastic limit Order") stipulating that: By the end of 2020, shopping malls, supermarkets, pharmacies, bookstores and other places in the urban built up areas of municipalities directly under the Central Government, provincial capitals, planned cities, as well as food packaging and takeout services and various exhibition activities will be prohibited from using non-degradable plastic bags, and the use of non-degradable plastic bags will be standardized and restricted in market markets. By the end of 2020, the use of non-degradable disposable plastic straws will be banned in the catering industry nationwide; By 2025, the consumption intensity of non-degradable disposable plastic tableware in the field of food and beverage takeout in cities above the prefecture level will be reduced by 30%.

According to the "new plastic limit Order", since January 1, 2021, non-degradable primary plastic straws have been banned across the country. Many straw manufacturers and milk tea, drink shop businesses have responded positively, launched paper straws, degradable disposable plastic straws for consumers to choose. But many consumers said, "paper straws taste bad," "paper straws are easy to bubble soft, not good to use," "many stores do not provide degradable disposable plastic straws" and so on.

On April 7, this edition launched a micro blog survey on the official microblog of Guangming Daily, "Will drinking milk tea with paper straws reduce happiness?" The survey quickly became a hot topic on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging platform. As of 16:20 on April 8, the topic had received 22.17 million views on Guangming Daily's official Weibo, about 82,000 people had voted, nearly 300 real-name verified users had participated in discussions and left comments, and 84,000 likes had been received. On the Weibo platform, as of 16:20 on April 8, the topic reading volume reached 40.213 million in just one day. According to the reporter's statistics, since the beginning of this year, paper straws related topics have frequently rushed to Weibo hot search, and netizens have enthusiastically participated in the discussion, fully reflecting the positive support for "plastic limit" and environmental protection.

Many netizens pointed out that after the ban on non-degradable disposable plastic straws, there are problems such as "the use of plastic bags in supermarkets after the 'plastic ban' is not reduced", "the effect of the plastic ban is not good", "the ban on plastic straws can not help but plastic cups" and "paper straws affect the taste of drinks". In this regard, experts said that the transformation has a "painful period", but the industry authorities and institutions in promoting the "plastic limit" policy, can not only promote reform through the ban, should start from the more detailed consideration, to promote the "plastic limit" policy further to the depth.

Cao Shuyan, an associate professor at the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, led a team to investigate the use of plastic bags by rural residents in China at the beginning of this year, and the results showed that rural residents use 394 plastic bags per capita each year, and 73.2% of families bought plastic bags alone last year. Cao Shuyan pointed out that the film plastic bag is a long-term difficult area of "plastic limit", although the charge can significantly reduce the use of plastic bags, but there is a problem of effect "decline"; The online business of large supermarkets tends to provide plastic bags for free in order to attract and stick customers. "To solve these problems, further breakthroughs in management mechanisms are needed."