China's plastic bag ban

Published: July 18, 2008 12:00 am ET

On June 1, China enacted its long-expected plastic bag ban. The law actually bans only the use of ultrathin bags — those less than 0.025 millimeter thick — but it requires stores to charge consumers for other disposable plastic carrier bags, with a hygiene-related exception for bags used with fresh and cooked foods. Plastics News Asia bureau chief Steve Toloken and photographer Jennifer Tomlinson look at how the ban is being implemented in Guangzhou, China, where they are based.
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