In an article published on January 20, 2020, news provider BBC informed that China has announced a plan to restrict the use of single-use plastics across the country. The country’s National Development and Reform Commission is reported to have detailed the plan, which includes a ban of straws by the end of 2020, non-degradable plastic bags in 2022, requiring the restaurant industry to reduce its use of single-use plastic items by 30%, and ban hotels from offering single-use plastic items by 2025. China decided to stop importing foreign waste for recycling at the beginning of January 2018 (FPF reported).

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BBC (January 20, 2020). “Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items.”

Olivia Rosane (January 20, 2020). “China Announces Major Phaseout of Single-Use Plastics.” EcoWatch