Emerging industries such as takeout and express delivery have become big "plastic" users. Release date: Source: Lanzhou evening news
in 2008, China began to implement the "plastic restriction order". After 12 years, with the development of emerging industries such as express delivery and takeout, many people will find that our daily life is still "surrounded" by plastic bags, plastic lunch boxes, drink cups and other plastic products. On January 19 this year, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment released the "opinions on Further Strengthening the control of plastic pollution", known as the upgraded "plastic ban order". The theme of this year's "World Environment Day" of the driving device is "care for nature, no delay". In the face of the plight of garbage siege, it is urgent to re-examine the "new blind areas" and "worst hit areas" of plastic pollution. On June 6, a special visit and investigation were conducted
plastic bags are still the first choice for citizens' daily shopping
on June 6, a large supermarket in Chengguan District saw that when consumers were shopping, the supermarket would provide plastic shopping bags for a fee, with 0.3 large bags and 0.2 small bags. Among the dozen customers who lined up to check out, it was noted that only a few middle-aged and elderly people had the habit of bringing their own shopping bags. Supermarket staff told that plastic bags are still the first choice for many citizens to shop
then visited several supermarkets in the city. The cashier of one supermarket said that although the "plastic restriction order" has been put forward for many years, the habit of using plastic bags in shopping has basically not changed much
unlike the paid plastic shopping bags provided by supermarkets, ordinary plastic bags are provided free of charge in various convenience markets, roadside stalls and small shops. "Every household in the vegetable market gives it to customers for free. If anyone doesn't give a bag, this dish can't be sold." A vendor said that he used oneortwo plastic bags every day
express "over packaging" and "overqualified" are very common.
in recent years, China's express industry has shown explosive growth, which has brought about the consumption of massive express packaging and intensified white pollution. Ms. Zhao, who is engaged in e-commerce sales, said that it was difficult to simplify the packaging of express takeout, and the bumpy transportation and customer competition were the main reasons. Worrying about the damage of goods on a long journey and careful packaging are the implicit requirements of customers. In addition, plastic packaging is not expensive and widely used. It is not easy to simplify it comprehensively
Ms. Li, a citizen, is a shopper. Sometimes she can receive several packages a day. Most of these packages are packed in three layers inside and three layers outside. She also sighed: "such packaging is really wasteful."
the takeout industry has become a major user of plastic products
in addition to express delivery, the takeout industry has also become a field where plastic products are used more at present. Although some take away platforms have launched the option of "recommending no tableware", and some large chain catering enterprises promote the use of paper bowls and kraft paper bags instead of plastic bags, the use of disposable plastic products is still inevitable in the take away industry
in several fast-food restaurants in Daosheng lane, Chengguan District, there are an endless stream of takeout boys coming to pick up their meals at lunch time. Each takeout is basically a plastic bag with twoorthree plastic lunch boxes. Mr. Wang, the shopkeeper, told me, One day's orders in their store are 40. Professor Martin Dunn, another person in charge of the project (now the dean of the school of engineering and Applied Sciences for low density polyethylene at the University of Colorado Denver), said: "Generally speaking, every take away order is wrapped in a large plastic bag, with rice, vegetables and beverages inside. Each dish is packaged in a small plastic bag alone. The more you order, the more you pack. After a month, the store will only pay thousands of dollars for plastic bags, disposable lunch boxes and tableware. "In fact, we also hope to use some environmentally friendly materials, but the market still provides us with plastic products. The most important thing is to save costs. Most takeaway merchants can only choose the most affordable disposable plastic products."On January 19 this year, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment released the "opinions on Further Strengthening the control of plastic pollution", known as the upgraded "plastic ban order". The opinions stipulates that by the end of 2020, China will take the lead in banning and restricting the production, sale and use of some plastic products in some regions and fields. By the end of 2022, the consumption of disposable plastic products will be significantly reduced, which is basically impossible to be used in buildings with high energy-saving requirements, and alternative products will be promoted. On April 10, the national development and Reform Commission, together with relevant departments, organized the drafting of the catalogue of plastic products that are prohibited or restricted from production, sale and use (Exposure Draft), which states that the use of non degradable disposable plastic tableware, straw and other plastic products is prohibited
in this regard, Professor Ouyang Rihui, a domestic trade circulation and e-commerce consulting expert of the Ministry of Commerce and vice president of the China Internet Economics Research Institute of the Central University of Finance and economics, said that to put an end to the use of disposable plastic products, the government should introduce corresponding perfect systems and norms, such as using economic means to increase the cost of plastic products used by businesses and reduce the frequency of use by increasing taxes; Encourage the development of circular economy, and promote the recycling and recycling of plastic products through financial subsidies or incentives. The most important thing is to change public awareness through publicity and education, and the whole society should make joint efforts to govern together, so that the "plastic limit" can be changed from a decree to a habit
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