Home > News
Wenzhou to launch a New Anti-White Pollution Campaign
Date:2021-01-13 07:58:15 Source:Wenzhou·China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

A new round of plastic pollution control campaign will be launched.

A few days ago, Wenzhou City issued the "Implementation Measures for Further Strengthening the Control of Plastic Pollution", putting forward corresponding administrative requirements and policy measures for different types of plastic products. What impact will the strengthened anti-pollution action have on production and people’s life?  What can the public do to support the action?  The "Implementation Measures" gives answers:

Shopping Malls and Supermarkets Will Be Banned or Restricted from Using Non-degradable Plastic Bags

It is prohibited to produce and sell ultra-thin plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than 0.025 mm, and polyethylene agricultural mulch films with a thickness of less than 0.01 mm, or to use medical wastes as raw materials to manufacture plastic products.  By the end of 2022, the sale of daily chemical products containing plastic microbeads will be banned.

The use of plastic products, such as non-degradable plastic bags, disposable plastic tableware, and disposable plastic products in hotels and restaurants, and the plastic packages in express delivery will be banned or restricted.

By the end of 2021, the use of non-degradable plastic bags will be prohibited in shopping malls, supermarkets, pharmacies, bookstores, catering and takeaway services and various exhibition activities in urban built-up areas; the use of the bags in fair markets will be regulated and restricted in the areas.  By the end of 2022, the above regulations will be implemented in the built-up areas above the county seats of the city. By the end of 2023, non-degradable plastic bags will be prohibited in the fairs in the above-mentioned regions; by the end of 2025, the prohibition will cover shopping malls, supermarkets, and fairs in the urban-rural junctions, towns and rural areas.

By the end of 2023, the use of non-degradable disposable plastic tableware in the food and beverage delivery sectors in built-up areas above the county seats of the city will be prohibited; by the end of 2025, the prohibition will cover the food and beverage delivery sectors in urban and rural areas, townships and rural areas.

By the end of 2022, star-rated hotels and hotels in the city will no longer initiatively provide disposable plastic products. Relevant services can be provided by self-purchasing machines and refillable detergents established by hotels; at the end of 2023, the above regulations will be implemented in all hotels, restaurants, and B&Bs.

By the end of 2022, the city’s postal express outlets will be prohibited from using non-degradable plastic packaging bags and disposable plastic woven bags, and be demanded to reduce the use of non-degradable plastic tapes. By the end of 2023, the use of tapes in postal express outlets in the city will be prohibited.

Guiding Traditional Plastic Products Manufacturers to Make Transformation and Upgrading

Plastic products are widely used in the daily lives of citizens. In the face of huge demand for the use, the promotion and use of their alternative products and the cultivation and development of alternative industries have been incorporated in the Implementation Measures.

According to reports, Wenzhou will promote the use of environment-friendly cloth bags, paper bags, bamboo baskets and other non-plastic products, and biodegradable shopping bags in shopping malls, supermarkets, farmer’s markets, pharmacies, bookstores, etc., and will establish a centralized purchasing and marketing system for shopping bags in market markets. In the catering and take-out services, it will be promoted to use bio-based products, like straw-laminated meal boxes, and alternative products, like degradable plastic bags. Besides, it will be encouraged to produce and use fully biodegradable novel mulch films with enhanced weather resistance.

To cultivate and expand the alternative industry, plastic product manufacturers must stringently implement relevant laws and regulations and produce plastic products that meet relevant standards. Local governments will guide traditional plastic products companies to proactively make reconstructing, accelerate transformation and upgrading, increase the use of recycled plastics that meet quality control standards and utilization control requirements, strengthen the research and development of easily recyclable and degradable alternative materials and products, and meanwhile to reduce related production and application costs. It will be supported to construct industrial chains supplementation and capacity expansion projects for degradable materials, bio-based and fully biodegradable alternative products and others to meet the needs of the promotion and application of alternative products in our city.

At the same time, the city will strengthen the core technology research and its achievements transformation of recyclable and degradable materials, and improve their performance, strengthen research in the pollution mechanism, and in the monitoring, prevention and control technologies and policies regarding plastic wastes and microplastics in rivers, lakes and seas, and meanwhile, carry out assessments of the wasters impact on ecological environment and human health.

Promoting Plastic Waste Reuse as Resources and Energy

Recycling and reuse need to be strengthened in the anti-white pollution campaign. According to reports, Wenzhou will strengthen the recycling and removal of plastic wastes, and the classified collection and treatment of recyclables from the wastes. The city will further regulate the collection and disposal of plastic wastes, and prohibit their random stacking and dumping to prevent white pollution.  The prevention and control of environmental pollution will be strengthened in the process of the recycling and utilization of plastic wastes. In places,such as office buildings, ports, airports, bus stations, and wharves, where large amounts of plastic wastes are likely to be produced, related disposal facilities and the frequency of removal will be increased. The city will encourage market entities to establish information platforms for recycling and utilization of renewable resources.

The city will promote the standardization, centralization and industrialization of plastic waste utilization, speeding up the construction of the Medical Waste Disposal Technical Transformation and Expansion Projects undertaken by the Dongtou Comprehensive Material Ecological Disposal Center, and of other ones. All plastic wastes that need high sorting costs and are not suitable for recycling should be incinerated for increasing energy, and the management of operation of waste-to-energy power generation plants should be strengthened to ensure that discharge of various pollutants can be in compliance with related standards.

The city will also carry out special cleaning of plastic wastes, and speed up the inspection and rectification of informal household waste storage and dumping sites, with focus laid on eliminating the random dumping of the waste in urban and rural junctions, environmentally-sensitive areas, roads, riversides, pit-ponds, canals, ditches, etc.  .

Produced By 大汉网络 大汉版通发布系统