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World’s Biggest Producer of Plastic to Curtail Its Use

Jan. 20, 2020, 8:30 AM

China will curtail its consumption of single-use plastic in an effort to tackle a soaring amount of the discarded material that has quickly become one of the world’s most pressing environmental crises.

Non-degradable plastic bags will be banned in places such as supermarkets and shopping malls in major cities, as well as for the country’s ubiquitous food delivery services by the end of this year, according to a plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission on Sunday.

“China is catching up with the rest of world,” said Leiliang Zheng, an analyst at BloombergNEF. “The EU is the ...

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