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The EU and China successively restricted single-use plastics


source:[Gravimetric blender]   release time:2021-03-06 14:01:57





The German Ministry of Environment recently stated that the cost of cleaning and disposing of disposable plastic products such as cigarette butts and plastic cups left in German cities and community parks and streets is about 700 million euros per year. The results of this study were published by the German local public utility association VKU, which evaluated the costs of waste management and cleaning for the first time. The annual cost of disposing of cigarette butts is approximately 225 million euros, and the cost of removing plastic cups is approximately 120 million euros. "This will cost us all a lot of money, because currently only local governments are responsible for cleaning parks and streets and disposing of garbage. I think this is fair. In the future, the burden of cleaning and disposing of garbage will be borne by polluters," the Minister of Environment Wenga Schultz told reporters in Berlin today.
According to this study, disposable plastic products, cigarette butts and packaging account for more than 20% of the total garbage in streets, parks and trash cans. Schultz also called for more cleaners, new equipment and additional trash cans and ashtrays to meet this challenge. According to the European Union’s single-use plastics regulations, plastic manufacturers should provide funds for cleaning and disposal of certain waste. The EU's ban on disposable plastic products such as plastic plates, straws, and foam cups will take effect next year. The use of plastic bags, packaging boxes and tableware is one of China's most persistent environmental hazards, but China is taking new measures to solve this problem. The first is to ban the use of all plastic straws nationwide.
According to data from consulting firm iiMedia Research, China used 46 billion plastic straws in 2019, totaling 30,000 tons. It takes 500 years to degrade a plastic straw that only takes a few minutes. Therefore, starting from the end of this year, China will ban the use of all non-degradable disposable plastic straws. But are beverage sellers ready to accept the ban? Paper straws are now everywhere in most stores. Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons started using the new straws last month and distributed 60,000 straws in China this month. "One-third of consumers have been using paper straws. They give priority. We expect to use 15 million units next year," said He Bin, chief marketing officer of Tim Horton China.
Popular tea shops and food delivery platforms in China seem to be ready for this change. The plastic ban will take effect on January 1, 2021. For beverage sellers, the rapid increase in demand has led to a soaring cost of paper straws. The price of paper straws is five times that of plastic straws. Orders for degradable straws from Wuxi Duoxi Grass Industry Co., Ltd. in Jiangsu Province have recently doubled. The factory said that in the past month, more than 1,000 customers have inquired about these products, and the price has increased by 20%. The company came up with an alternative. They introduced straw made of new materials, but these straws are also biodegradable. Dorsey CEO Ge Jiaping said: "We invented straws made of wheat, reeds and other plants, which can be 100% degraded." "We have just developed a new bamboo fiber fabric. They have better texture and will be very good in the future. Instead of paper straws.[Gravimetric blender]