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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPZero-tolerance to non-recyclable plastic bags(China Daily)Updated: 2016-02-17 07:42Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA vendor offers a free plastic bag as she sells vegetables in a market in the Chaoyang district of Beijing on May 28, 2011. [Photo by Wang Jing / China Daily]Seven years after China introduced a bill forbidding supermarkets and shopping malls to offer consumers non-biodegradable plastic bags for free, Chinese shoppers reportedly still consume a great number of them every day. Some supermarkets even rake in considerable profits by charging shoppers for plastic bags. Beijing Youth Daily calls for a stricter ban on the production of non-degradable plastic bags:Many Chinese shoppers might have forgotten the regulation restricting the use of non-degradable bags introduced seven years ago. Low quality non-biodegradable plastic bags, for example, are always available at small grocery vendors for free, due to the lack of coordinated enforcement of the ban on their use.And those available for a small charge in supermarkets and shopping malls are also popular among customers, most of whom are willing to pay for 0.2 yuan (3 cents) for such a bag.Of the total global consumption of plastic resources (at least 400 million tons every year), including non-biodegradable bags, China accounts for over 60 million tons. That requires the Chinese authorities take a zero-tolerance approach toward all plastic bags, no matter whether they are offered for free or not.In other words, production and circulation of non-biodegradable bags and utensils, should be strictly banned and replaced with biodegradable ones, which normally cost more.This is perfectly feasible. Northeast Chinas Jilin provinces attempts to promote such a ban seem to be working, for instance.Local governments should also subsidize enterprises that produce biodegradable bags to lower their price. But, more importantly, since shoppers can bring their own reusable bags for shopping, they are obliged to enhance their enforcement of the ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags.8.03KRelated StoriesPlastic bags get the China treatment in United KingdomShanghai zoo deer die after eating plastic bagsBanning plastic bags in NepalTrending: Villagers carry natural gas in plastic bagsMost Viewed Todays Top NewsLack of parental care is the root problem for left-behind childrenSign of economys resilienceThe price of fish and how it was sold matterSpring Festival diplomacy counters critics claimsWill US-ASEAN meeting be good for region?Forum TrendsTop 10 domestic news cartoonsTop 10 world news cartoonsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?ColumnistsHeart of the holidaysWishing a more equitable Year of the MonkeyFeatured ContributorsProphets of doom driven by false economic assumptions: OpinionBoth symptoms and causes of terrorism require strong remediesStar BloggersMy study abroad in the UK By MaierweiAfter a lengthy visa application procedure, I was ready for my first lengthy stay in Europe. I left my dog with my father, jumped on a flight, and there I was, in London, UK.Single? Live differently By subeBeing single is a lifestyle. We cannot say it is an alternative. It is a well-established civil status and there are many people permanently or temporarily living single.Foreigners in China are often “illiterate” By ChevalerieApart from a few exceptions of specialists of china – native-born resident and talented students – most of the foreigners living in china are illiterate, myself included.SpecialChina Dream in expats eyes2015 China impressionPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eye…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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