China’s Jan. 19 announcement of a sweeping, phased-in ban on many single-use plastics not only caught the attention of environmental campaigners, but also it’s likely to have a significant impact on polyethylene markets globally.

The new policy from Beijing sets up bans on disposable plastics, including nondegradable bags, straws and cutlery to be phased in over five years. The wide-ranging policy includes limits on plastic microbeads in daily use goods, as well as rules for specific sectors, like getting rid of disposable plastics in hotels by 2022 and a phased-in ban on plastic packaging in China’s popular express delivery services starting in 2022 in major cities and provinces and expanded nationwide by 2025.


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