Plastic bag ban to cut waste, save oil

China will ban the production of ultra-thin plastic bags from June 1 this year, the State Council announced on Tuesday, curbing litter and saving valuable petrol.

"Our country consumes huge amounts of plastic bags every year. While providing convenience to consumers, they have also caused serious pollution, and waste of energy and resources, because of excessive use and inadequate recycling," the State Council, China’s cabinet, was reported as saying.

"The ultra-thin bags are the main source of ‘white’ pollution as they can easily get broken and end up as litter … we should encourage people to return to carrying cloth bags, using baskets for their vegetables."

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