Environment Friendly:Another Province Restrains Single-Use Items

China's eastern province of Zhejiang has issued a regulation to restrain single-use items in hotels, restaurants and government organizations, amid efforts to reduce waste and pursue green development.

According to the regulation, which will take effect from Dec. 31, 2019, four-star hotels and above are encouraged to stop offering disposable items unless customers ask.

The rule will gradually cover more hotels, homestays and rural family inns in the province.

The regulation also called on government offices, state-owned enterprises and public institutions to abandon the use of disposable items including single-use chopsticks, spoons and cups.

Changes have already taken place in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang. Some food delivery platforms including Meituan will offer customers discounts if they do not ask for disposable tableware.

Zhejiang is not alone in reducing waste in daily life. A growing number of Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Ningbo and Suzhou have launched regulations to restrict the use of disposable products.

Ma Yong, deputy secretary-general of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, said these regulations could not only reduce resource waste and environmental pollution but also promote public awareness of environmental protection.

Source: Xinhua

Editor: Crystal Huang

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