People’s Republic of China

Causes and challenges

China is often regarded as the nation with most marine litter by volume. Of the top 10 rivers with most debris that empty into the seas, seven of them are in China.

The majority of the waste was dumped in the delta regions of the Yangtze and Pearl rivers, both major industrial zones on China’s eastern coast.

Ways Forward


China imposed a ban on the importation of post-consumer plastics in early 2018. Subsequently, China’s National Development and Reform Commission Policy has announced that it will further its measures on preventing marine litter inclusive of bans on non-degradable, single-use plastic straws nationwide by the end of 2020, with the goal of reducing the “intensity of consumption” of such plastic utensils by takeout services in urban areas by 30% by 2025.

News

Supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City to be free of plastic bags by the end of this year

3 April 2020

3 April 2020, HCMC, Viet Nam: All supermarkets, trade centres, convenience stories, and bookstores in Ho Chi Minh City are striving to replace plastic bags with environmentally friendly options by the end of this year. This move i

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Activities to teach your children about plastic pollution

2 April 2020

Schools and gatherings are being cancelled around the world as a result of the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may als

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Hotels in SEA focus on ‘less plastic wasted’ when they re-open for business after COVID-19

27 March 2020

UNEP is working with the hotel and hospitality sector in South-East Asia to reduce plastic use when they re-open for business after COVID-19. 27 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: As the tourism industry faces a crisis in South-East A

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Events

South-East Asia marine litter and plastic circular economy initiatives coordination workshop

9 March 2020

This series of workshops aims to coordinate relevant projects in SEA on marine litter and plastics circular economy, synergize activities and avoid overlaps.

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