A labourer sorting out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing. Photo: AFP
A labourer sorting out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing. Photo: AFP

China ramps up efforts to tackle plastic pollution with five-year action plan

  • The government plan sets out targets for phasing out single-use plastics, boosting recycling and promoting alternatives to plastic
  • A fifth of the world’s single-use plastic came from China in 2019, according to a study in May this year by the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation

A labourer sorting out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing. Photo: AFP
A labourer sorting out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing. Photo: AFP
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