China’s NDRC bans single use plastics in logistics

By 2025, single use plastic is to be banned in the retail, e-commerce, logistics and postal sectors in China.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in charge of central control of macroeconomic planning, has said that those businesses that are involved in supermarkets, logistics, warehousing and e-commerce express delivery will be “encouraged to actively promote recyclable and foldable packaging products”.


Under the edict from the NDRC, Chinese businesses must now strengthen corporate green management responsibility as well as promoting green supply chains.

In the postal sector, by 2022 postal delivery outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong and other provinces will ban the use of non-degradable plastic packaging bags and disposable plastic woven bags. By 2025 the sector is set to have non-degradable plastic packaging bags, plastic tapes, and disposable plastic woven bags banned.

China has the advantage over much of the West insofar as it can enforce such edicts with less pressure from industry and other outside forces. The NDRC has already had an impact on electric vehicle sales through a similar set of edicts that have morphed the market away from fossil fuel vehicles. The West has taken note but not followed.

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