Study on the Ban on Free Plastic Bags in China

Xiufeng Xing

Abstract


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On Jun 1st, 2008, the production, sale and use of plastic shopping bags 0.025 millimeters thick or thinner will be banned in China under a State Council decree, and retailers will be prohibited from providing customers with free plastic bags, which is called by the general public the ban on free plastic bags (or plastic limit order). Since the implementation of the policy, the use of plastic bags has decreased dramatically, meanwhile, the public awareness of environmental protection has also been enhanced. Nevertheless, there still leaves much to be desired, for instance, some plastic bags provided to the consumers do not meet the national standards, and auxiliary bag without carrying function has been double-charged. According to Polluter pays principle, coupling with the means of product charge, the paper analyzes the impact of the ban, evaluates on its results and then puts forward some relevant measures on the above basis.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v2n1P156

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