China moves to limit use of plastic shopping bags

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

China is now the latest nation to try to eliminate the use of plastic shopping bags.

The flimsiest of the bags are being banned, although the more durable ones will still be allowed. Chinese officials are calling for a return to the old-fashioned reusable cloth bags.

It's a blow against what's being called the "white pollution" that chokes Chinese cities, farms and waterways.

And merchants and shoppers alike are welcoming the move. A college student who was buying tangerines at a sidewalk stall in Beijing says reducing waste and saving resources is good for China and for "the whole world."

The ban takes effect on June 1st. That's barely two months before Beijing hosts the Summer Olympic Games.

In advance of the games, officials have been demolishing run-down neighborhoods and working to clear smog.

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