From the CBC:
China’s State Council said the ban will start June 1. Firms that continue to sell, make and distribute bags thicker than 0.025 mm thick will be given fines and authorities may seize goods and profits, the State Council said.
“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 government said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“We should encourage people to return to carrying cloth bags, using baskets for their vegetables.”
From my former province, from The Toronto Star:
Ontario won’t follow China’s move to reduce pollution by banning plastic shopping bags, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
However, during a morning visit to Kitchener, the premier also said the Chinese plan is a reminder that the west should be “rethinking” its reliance on the bags.
I applaud the initiative. Every little bit helps. My problem is forgetting to bring bags with me to the store. In my rush to shop each morning, before the army of old women descend on the produce section like biblical locust, I often forget to grab the lovely bags Mrs. Stevo purchased for our use. I came home today with potatoes stuffed in my pockets.
Live and learn.