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Shaanxi to ban disposable chopsticks

(Global Times)

16:18, November 21, 2011

Restaurants providing free, disposable chopsticks in Shaanxi Province will face punishment from the local government, a move that aims at eliminating the use of throwaway utensils, according to a recently issued regulation, the Shaanxi Evening Post reported on Monday.

The Regulation on Encouragement of Circular Economy in Shaanxi, jointly issued by the local Legislative Committee of the Provincial People's Congress and the Shaanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission, will be implemented on December 1.

According to the regulation, in order to cut the waste of forest resources and reduce garbage, hotels are encouraged to provide recyclable utensils while restaurants are forbidden to provide disposable chopsticks.

It also stipulated that enterprises that violate the regulation will face fines of up to 2,000 yuan ($314), while single proprietorships will be punished with fines ranging between 50 and 200 yuan ($7.8 and 31.4).

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