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China amends law on excessive packaging

(Xinhua)

09:37, March 01, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- Following a vote by lawmakers Wednesday, China's legislature approved the amended version of the Law on the Promotion of Clean Production, which stresses efforts to cut down on excessive packaging.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) upon the conclusion of a three-day bimonthly session adopted the amended law after further review by lawmakers to the draft first tabled October last year.

President Hu Jintao has issued an order to publicize the amended law, which will take effect on July 1.

The amended law stipulates that enterprises should package their products in a manner that "well fits the content's quality, size and cost and makes less packaging waste."

During the design process of products and packages, enterprises should take into account what influence they will exert upon human health and environment and give preferred consideration to plans that use packaging in a non-poisonous, harmless, degradable and recyclable way, according to the amended law.

China has seen public outcries over excessive packaging, which not only causes unnecessary waste of resources and environmental pollution but also pushes product prices up, said Wang Guangtao, a legislator.

Excessive packaging fosters extravagance and corruption, he said.

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