The production, sale and use of plastic shopping bags 0.025 millimeters thick or thinner will be banned, and retailers will be prohibited from providing customers with free plastic bags, under a State Council decree released in January.
Many people doubt the fate of this ban - because people are accustomed to receiving their free purchases at the checkout counter for their purchase. Complaints on inconvenience and additional costs have led some to believe that the prohibition will be suspended or at least not enforced.
But no excuse not to execute it. The convenience of free plastic shopping bags is at the expense of the environment. Because the plastic recycling such as EPS recycling is a hard process. And no one can know exactly how many disposable plastic bags are given, used and discarded every day.
We all know that from personal experience, we guarantee free delivery of such bags to meet the packaging needs. We rarely reuse these bags. It's not just a waste. It is also environmental pollution.
We are constantly on all sizes and colors of waste plastic bags flying on our faces, which is the pollution of the city and the countryside. The rest are usually in the landfill. They begin to decay after 100 or more years, and their full decomposition takes 200 years.
The idea of applying a mandatory fee for a long free plastic bag is not a one-time treatment. Some places, including Lhasa, have been completely driven from the shopping area of plastic bags.
People who have purchased disposable plastic bags for use after June 1 show that consumers are no longer easy to eliminate what they have long considered for granted.
But we believe that additional costs and strict enforcement will ultimately help them to adapt. This process will be easier if alternative and more practical alternatives are available to replace the previous convenience.