Plastic Crisis: China Plans To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bag And Other Items By 2025

Plastic Crisis: China Plans To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bag And Other Items By 2025

With an aim to reduce the plastic waste that has polluted much of its land and water bodies, China has announced a series of measures to put an end to the menace of single-use plastic
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Plastic Crisis: China Plans To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bag And Other Items By 2025To get rid of plastic, People's Republic of China has decided to ban the use of single-use plastic items by 2022

New Delhi: The government of the People’s Republic of China has announced its decision to eliminate plastic pollution across the country by 2025. For this, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Sunday (January 20) released a plan targeting the sale and production of single-use plastic including a ban on manufacturing ultra-thin plastic bags, disposable plastic tableware, plastic straws and plastic cotton swabs.

Also Read: Replacing Single-Use Plastic, One Leaf At A Time: This 20-Year-Old’s Invention Can Help Tackle The Rising Plastic Waste Crisis

Highlights Of China’s Plan To Eliminate Plastic

According to the plan, single-use and non-degradable plastic bags that are less than 0.025 millimetre or 25 microns thick will be banned in major Chinese cities by the end of 2020 and across the country by 2022. The guidelines laid down in the plan also state that by 2025, all kinds of single-use plastics will be banned across the country.

To ensure the strict enforcement of the ban, NDRC’s guidelines focus on strengthening the daily supervision and inspection mechanism. It says that any flouting of the guidelines found during inspections will be reported to the relevant authorities for further investigations and punitive measures will be decided according to the law.

China, which has the largest population and is the biggest producer of plastic waste in the world has directed the hotel industry to stop offering single-use plastic items to customers by 2025 and has asked it to reduce the use of plastic by 30 per cent by the end of this year.

Earlier in 2018, China introduced a ban on the import of plastic scrap, in a bid to deal with the waste produced by its citizens. However, the battle against plastic will be a long one for China as last year in November, the Chinese government revealed that its largest garbage dumpyard which is the size of approximately 100 football fields had already reached its full capacity 25 years ahead of the estimated schedule.

Also Read: Drink Your Coffee Then Eat The ‘Dishes’, Air New Zealand Ditches Single-Use Plastic And Switches To Edible Coffee Cups

Will Such A Ban Work?

While talking to NDTV about the potential impact of China’s plastic ban, Priti Mahesh of Toxic Link, a Delhi based organisation working on environmental justice said,

These are the small but important steps. Nevertheless, currently, we need to look at the actions required at the global scale to address the immediate plastic crisis. Single-use plastic ban in few countries will not make a dent in the crisis situation that the world is facing right not.

However, she highlighted that more people are recognising plastic as a threat to the environment now which is a good sign.

Raman VR, Head of Policy at WaterAid India highlighted that the ban announced by China will not have much impact if it keeps exporting single-use plastic products. He asserted that China exports its goods to almost most countries and those goods are all packed in plastic which contributes immensely to the global plastic waste. He said,

A major difficulty is around the production of plastic and plastic packaging. If China is banning internal use but continues the production and export of these products, our challenges are to remain.

He further highlighted that while countries like India must take cues from China, there is a lot that can be taken from the ban on single-use plastic implemented in the state of Kerala. He said,

I see not only legal measures, but the promotion of a lot of alternatives and best practices in Kerala. Green protocols in massive events, sports tournaments and marriages, wherein use of non-plastic as well as all ranges of use and throw products are totally avoided, with certification and appreciation process, in parallel to enforcement. One has to think these details and involve all walks of people and duty-bearers on this if the aim is to truly eliminate plastic.

China’s decision to ban single-use plastic has been receiving a positive response from Twitterati as well. Anthony Michael Fadell, the Senior Vice President of the iPod division at Apple Inc. shared China’s ban on single-use plastic as a good news but also hinted at the lack of will from corporations to eliminate plastic. He said on Twitter,

Good news! Regulations on single-use plastic are on the rise globally. The policy will suppress demand for plastics, a potential risk for oil and chemical companies. Watch out. Here come the well-funded lobbyists! China sets bans on single-use plastic.

Also Read: Made Entirely Out Of Single-Use Plastic, Kerala’s Marine Cemetery Is A Call To Action To Save The World

Pacific Environment, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife acknowledged the efforts to reduce plastic and asked people to break free from it. They shared on their Twitter handle,

Great news! Our grassroots partners in #China are working hard to reduce waste. But globally, more attention needs still to be paid to solutions other than recycling and biodegradable plastics, which may be false solutions. #breakfreefromplastic

Many other users also responded positively on the news of the ban.

 

China is not the only country that has cracked down against single-use plastics. Earlier this year, Thailand also announced that single-use plastic bags would be banned in major stores, with a complete ban across the country in 2021. Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has also announced banning of single-use plastic bags in department stores, supermarkets and traditional markets by June 2020. In 2018, during the World Environment Day celebrations, India took the pledge to eliminate all single-use plastics – carry bags, straws, and water bottles among others from the country by 2022.

Then in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated a ‘Plastic-Free’ campaign and said that a blanket ban on single-use plastic items will take place. But so far the government has not issued an official notification for such a ban. However, various states in India like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand among others have initiated ban on single-use plastic.

Also Read: The Top Priority Of All States Should Be To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic By 2022, Says Environment Secretary

Why Single-Use Plastic Must Be Banned?

According to the UNEP, approximately one million single-use plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world and as per World Count Facts, an online portal for facts, 5 trillion plastic bags are consumed every year – that’s 160,000 plastic bags a second! Moreover, each plastic may take up to 700 years to decompose.

Single-use plastic not only harms the planet but is one of the leading cause of endangering marine and wildlife. Around 100,000 marine creatures die every year due to plastic entanglement and approximately 1 million seabirds die from eating plastic because plastic cannot be broken down by the digestive system in living beings.

Also Read: “Single-Use Plastic To Be Banned In A Phased Manner”: Ram Vilas Paswan

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In India, there are 54,00,619 confirmed cases including 86,752 deaths. The number of active cases is 10,10,824 and 43,03,043 have recovered as on September 20, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

1188015 20519

297866

857933 23501

32216 425

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

617776 8218

81763

530711 10820

5302 58

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

511346 8364

98583

404841 10815

7922 114

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

28022 643

5920 190

21760 446

342 7

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

536477 5569

46453

481273 5556

8751 66

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

131005 4624

37535 1740

92951 2866

519 18

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

84234 2617

37489 909

46081 1689

664 19

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

171306 2137

30573

139700 2192

1033 8

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

175550 4209

33202 110

141657 4090

691 9

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

103065 2607

21964 359

79158 2206

1943 42

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

121768 1432

16022

102444 1470

3302 16

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

113124 1834

17997 280

93805 1540

1322 14

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

108952 2691

21682 391

86150 2272

1120 28

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

348517 5729

66874

276690 6596

4953 84

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

242899 4071

32064

205890 4219

4945 38

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

155453 2595

29362 731

125543 1856

548 8

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

2423 120

426 4

1972 115

25 1

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

166788 1570

12629 20

153298 1548

861 2

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

221960 3188

24648 139

193014 2993

4298 56

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

3644 13

156

3436 22

52

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

22456 543

4785 49

17209 494

462

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

7250 245

1957 71

5280 174

13

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

5392 35

1206

4171 42

15

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

2887 28

208

2677 38

2

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

69860 1282

13548

55697 1645

615 13

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

22032 548

6983

14810 668

239 4

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

3708 73

993 6

2666 66

49 1

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

62533 1492

21281 511

40265 960

987 21

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

11908 286

4308

7484 403

116 5

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

95529 2696

22399 737

70373 1910

2757 49

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

40085 2078

12465 1172

27142 892

478 14

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

8724 117

1946 20

6723 94

55 3

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

9796 290

2911

6766 351

119 6

DistrictCases
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East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
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Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

4557 112

2038 62

2483 46

36 4

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

1578 30

588 13

990 17

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DistrictCases
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