China, the world’s most significant user of plastic, unveiled a strategic plan to reduce single-use plastic across the country within the next five years.

According to reports, the Chinese government will ban non-degradable bags in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022.

The plan also restricts the restaurant industry from using single-use straws and other plastic items. The ban may cause industries to find out an alternative to replace plastic.

Meanwhile, China’s mega dump is already full, indicating that the country is 25 years ahead of schedule, and the country has been struggling to find a practical solution with the rubbish its population generates, for years.

One of the significant challenges China faces in dealing with rubbish is the lack of enough recycling technology and facilities across the country.

The Chines government announced this new policy following the plan that banned the import of foreign plastic waste, in 2017, and the policy that prohibited retailers from giving out free plastic, and the production of ultra-thin plastic bags in 2018.

Reports say that the Chinese government, amongst other Asian countries, is taking the single-use plastic bag challenge quite seriously, and the new policy issued on Sunday will be implemented over the next five years.

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  • Nizam Rezahi is an editor and content writer to The Khaama Press News Agency.