China outlines restrictions on single-use plastics


Ministry of Commerce announces increased oversight on use of disposable plastic items by businesses; sets ban on range of single-use plastic items including plastic shopping bags, tableware, hospitality products.

In a notification published on August 28, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce outlined a set of upcoming restrictions on the use of plastics within the country. An overview article by law firm Keller and Heckman LLP clarifies that local authorities are expected to establish a central purchasing system for shopping bags used in grocery markets and encourage the catering industry to use alternative plastic products (such as biodegradable bags and straw boxes). Supervision of food delivery businesses should also be increased, and they should be encouraged to reduce consumption of single-use plastic products and promote alternatives that are reusable, degradable, and recyclable.

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Food Packaging Forum, 16 September 2020