Environment & Energy Report

China’s War on Urban Waste Has a New Foe: Delivery Packaging

May 22, 2020, 8:48 AM

Discarded packaging from China’s exploding delivery economy has been targeted by the country’s leaders as they seek to rein in a garbage problem in sprawling urban centers.

The country’s top economic planning agency said it will “look into measures for controlling the pollution created by express delivery packaging and the problem of excessive packaging” in a report delivered Friday at the annual National People’s Congress. It’s part of a wider goal of increasing the amount of waste that’s sorted and disposed of safely in cities.

The effort from the National Development and Reform Commission underscores the growing challenge China faces...

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