Postal delivery outlets in areas such as Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangsu will ban the use of non-degradable plastic packaging and disposable woven bags by the end of 2022.
The ban decision of 2020 will also include single-use straws that are used in the restaurant industry. The country will also completely ban the import of plastic waste, the NDRC said on Sunday, without giving a deadline.
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China produced 60 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2010, followed by the United States at 38 million tonnes, according to online publication Our World in Data based at the University of Oxford.
By 2025, China expects to effectively control plastic pollution, substantially reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills of key cities, establish a complete plastics management system and make progress in the development of alternative products, said the document. "The EU is the leader in solving the plastic crisis and has already passed a law to widely ban single-use plastic items in 2019, and many developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia are also tracking the problem".
The use of plastic in the world's most populous nation has risen as online shopping and food delivery apps have become part of everyday life, even in rural areas.
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The rubbish produced by the 1.4 billion Chinese citizens have been for years a struggle for the government to deal with.
"Biodegradable plastics have shortcomings and should be limited in use as well", Mao told Sixth Tone.
Disposable plastic products should not be "actively provided" by hotels by 2022.
In 2018, China announced it would no longer accept other countries' plastic waste for recycling, citing environmental concerns.
The European Commission estimates some 70 percent of plastic waste clogs the world's oceans, killing a range of species from turtles, seals, whales and seabirds to fish and shellfish.