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.

Download the SEA circular Country Profile for China for more information

News

Plastic use rising in SEA due to COVID-19

13 April 2020

13 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Single-use plastic bags are making a comeback as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. After their use was restricted at the start of the year, plastic bags can once again be seen littering the st

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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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#CleanSeas #StayHome challenge

2 April 2020

4 May 2020: Children worldwide are out of school and learning from home, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may also

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Events

Webinar: Let’s talk about masks

05 November 2020 15:00-16:00

Sustainable Seas Trust and AMWN in partnership with UNEP, DEFF, Packaging SA, Plastics SA, SA Waste Pickers Association, and WESSA are hosting the fourth webinar in our series on COVID-19 Waste Awareness.

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Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

29 October 2020

The Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean will take place on 29 October 2020 in a virtual modality, broadcasting from the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Moving Towards Circular Economy for Plastic Waste Management

20 October 2020

The SWITCH-Asia RPAC funded by European Union, implemented by UNEP, in partnership with AIT is pleased to cordially invite you to attend our upcoming Regional Policy Dialogue on Circular Economy for Plastic Waste Management.

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