China tightening restrictions on single-use plastics

February 4, 2020

China’s national planning agency and national environmental ministry will ban plastic bags in all cities and towns by 2022.

The National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology said the bags would be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns in 2022.

The agencies said plastic utensils and packaging will also be phased out.

China is the world’s largest creator of single-use plastic waste, followed by the United States.

The country is looking to make better use of its resources by boosting recycling rates.

The U.S. does not have a nationwide plan to ban or recycle single-use plastics. Only eight states have banned single-use plastic bags.

Restricting single-use plastic bags is actually illegal in Indiana.

In 2016, then-Gov. Mike Pence signed into law legislation that prohibited local governments from taxing or restricting the use of disposable plastic bags by retailers, including grocery stores.

China tightening restrictions on single-use plastics