Lifting the ban on the hottest foamed plastics and

2022-09-21
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The ban on foamed plastic was lifted, and the use methods of foreign plastic tableware were checked.

and you promised that by 2020, before the radio, do you still remember the white foamed lunch box that was widely used many years ago? This kind of lunch box is considered to be the culprit of white pollution and the construction of the "white Great Wall". It has been banned by the state in 1999, that is, PVC waterproof roll gb12952 (2) 00314 years ago. However, on the 26th of last month, the national development and Reform Commission issued Order No. 21, deleting disposable foamed plastic tableware from the catalogue of obsolete products

China Plastics Association, a representative supporting the lifting of the ban, said that foamed tableware is a safe, green and environmental friendly packaging material. The opposition representative, the State Environmental Protection Administration, retorted that at high temperatures, foamed tableware made of polystyrene was toxic. Green products on one side and toxic products on the other. Is it good or bad to lift the ban? Let's see how this kind of lunch box is used abroad

Japan: foamed plastic tableware is still used, but recycling is strict

tangxinzi, a Chinese living in Japan, told us that Japan is still using this kind of tableware, but recycling is very strict

tangxinzi: they also use white foam lunch boxes, but Japanese garbage recycling regulations are very strict, and there are many kinds of garbage recycling. Because many of these boxes are used to buy things in Japanese supermarkets, and they are also commonly used in takeout. White foam or black foam boxes are classified and sent to the recycling point close to home. They should be cleaned before they are sent, because they are not cleaned and have a peculiar smell. Now it is also popular in Japan to bring their own shopping bags and environmental protection bags, but most supermarkets do not force them. If they do not bring them, supermarkets also provide them. But for example, if I buy something with an environmentally friendly shopping bag, he will charge 2 yen or 5 yen less. According to the rules of each supermarket, it will be a little cheaper for you, and guests are encouraged to use their own shopping bags as much as possible

Australia: no one uses foamed plastic tableware and there is no white pollution

in response to the reasons for the lifting of the ban on foamed plastic tableware, the China Plastics Association also mentioned that disposable foamed plastic tableware itself is not the culprit of white pollution, and strengthening recycling management and reuse is the fundamental way to eliminate white pollution. However, Liu Jue, an Australian special observer of global Chinese radio, told us that in Australia, you won't see foamed plastic tableware

Liu Jue: in Australia, everyone likes to eat French fries and fried fish, so when buying these things, some western fast food are packed in paper bags. Many Asian food, such as Chinese fried rice and fried noodles, whether with soup or without soup, are packed in cartons. This paper box will not leak oil or vegetable juice. Of course, due to the eating habits of Asians, many Asian foods use lunch boxes. For example, when buying Japanese sushi, they all use plastic lunch boxes. All Japanese sushi boxes I saw were written BPFA, that is, plastic without bisphenol A. in the local area, everyone believed that if plastic contained bisphenol A, bisphenol A would be released during heating and absorbed by food and beverages. Of course, I checked some materials and found that there is still a great controversy in the academic circles at present. Even if there is a dispute, all supermarkets, including takeaway plastic lunch boxes, are still marked with the logo that does not contain bisphenol A. White foam lunch box, I'm very sure, can't be seen in Australia, and no one uses it

although Australia and Japan are diametrically opposite in terms of using foamed plastic tableware, they have similarities in terms of how to throw garbage

Liu Jue: when Australian locals throw garbage, ordinary residents always have two garbage cans, one is daily garbage, and the other is recycled garbage. Basically, everyone will throw plastic bags and boxes into recyclable garbage cans in a very disciplined manner. Therefore, the concept of white pollution is not available in Australia

United States: no ban, but use economic means to reduce the use of

in the United States on the other side of the ocean, foamed plastic tableware is also occasionally used, but the utilization rate is very low. Yuan Lu, who studied in the United States, said that in order to prevent white pollution, supermarket shopping bags in the United States are unique

Yuan Lu: most of the packing materials I have seen in American restaurants are biodegradable materials or cartons, or metal boxes made of tin foil and aluminum foil, and basically there are few thick white plastic boxes. However, supermarkets in the United States are roughly divided into several levels. Wal Mart and other supermarkets that take the cheap route can still see a small number of disposable tableware plates made of foam on the shelves, but the proportion of the shelves is particularly small, and the utilization rate in various restaurants is also very small. Some organic supermarkets, the so-called American middle-class supermarkets, do not provide plastic bags. They all use strong and large kraft paper bags. They also sell canvas bags with logo, or straw bags woven by African children, and reusable supermarket shopping bags with some charities

the lower limit of the United States will not be zero. It does not prohibit the use of foamed plastics, but it will skillfully use economic means to reduce the utilization rate of such materials

Yuan Lu: at present, the United States has not heard of any direct legislation banning the use of foamed plastics in various states. They generally adjust through some economic levers, such as raising the tax rate of factories producing foam products, or charging additional environmental protection related fees, so as to reduce the manufacturing of these products from the factory link, so as to reduce the amount of these products flowing into the market, rather than by controlling consumers. But I have also heard that some cities in the United States, such as San Francisco, have internal legislation that prohibits the use of some plastic bags or white foamed plastic products

in fact, regardless of whether foamed plastic tableware is harmful to human body, we need to reconsider whether the culprit of white pollution is "things" or "people"

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