China to limit use of plastic ba

China to limit use of plastic bags from June 1

Editor's note:

Chinese government will impose limits on the use of plastic bags starting on June 1, as part of its dual campaign to protect the environment and save energy.



China thus joins many governments that have moved to limit the manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags, according to the circular, posted on the central government's web site (
First, the General Office of the State Council ordered a ban on the production, sale and use of ultra-thin bags (defined as less than 0.025 mm thick) as of June 1.

Second, supermarkets and shops will be banned from giving free plastic bags to customers as of that date.


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Plastic shopping bags are most often made of polyethylene, (low-density or high-density). They do not readily decompose in a sealed landfill and represent a possible contaminant to plastic recycling operations.


Environmental issues  

First, Plastic bags are made of petrochemicals, a nonrenewable resource.

Second, Plastic bags are flimsy and often do not stand up as well as paper or cloth.

Third, Plastic shopping bags can be a hazard to wildlife when littered.

Fourth, conventional plastic bags are not readily biodegradable under any normal circumstance.

Fifth, plastic bags can cause unsupervised infants to suffocate.


Other governments' measures


Australia  Bangladesh  France

Germany  New Zealand Pakistan

Turkey   United

Kingdom United States 






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