Thursday, May 29, 2008

Plastic Bags no More

Starting on June 1, 2008 (in 3 days), Shenzhen retailers will stop offering free plastic bags. As an effort to help the environment and reduce the reliance on plastic bags, Shenzhen - as well as other Chinese cities - are beginning to implement this new regulation.

As Shenzhen Daily states:

Retailers will be fined up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,429) for providing free plastic bags or selling plastic bags to customers at lower than cost from June 1, the city's pricing watchdog said Friday.
The ban has been instituted under a regulation drawn up by the Commerce Ministry to save energy and reduce white pollution.

Stores like Walmart, ABest and Carrefore have all promoted the use of clothbags. They have done promotions and free giveaways as well. Use of plastic bags will cost 0.50 to 1RMB.

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