Plastic ban in Hainan started from Dec 1 2020.
Hainan Province formally banned non-degradable disposable plastic products such as bags and tableware from December 1, 2020.
On December 31, 2019, the 16th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Sixth People’s Congress of Hainan passed the “Provisions on the Prohibition of non-degradable disposable plastic products in the Hainan Special Economic Zone”.
The first batch of non-degradable disposable plastic products prohibited to produce, sell and use in Hainan has been listed.
It includes two categories and eight subcategories of plastic products such as plastic bags and tableware.
Items containing polyethene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), poly Disposable films and bags of non-biodegradable polymer materials such as ethylene terephthalate (PET), as well as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (Disposable tableware made of non-biodegradable polymer materials such as PVC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are all banned.
Disposable plastic films and bags specifically include: shopping bags, daily-use plastic bags, paper-plastic composite packaging bags and plastic garbage bags.
Disposable tableware includes boxes (with lid), bowls (with lid), plates, beverage cups (with lid) and straws.
The production and use of plastic products listed in the “Prohibited Plastics” list are to be replaced by fully biodegradable plastic products.
As of September 30, there were seven companies with full biodegradable plastic production capabilities in Hainan.
More than 200 companies across Hainan have ordered more than 260 tons of biodegradable plastic products. The order volume in September increased by more than 60%.
The number of domestic fully biodegradable, plastic products enterprises opening in Hainan this year has increased.
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