（1） “Opinions on Further Strengthening the control of plastic pollution” published
On January 19, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment announced the “opinions on Further Strengthening the control of plastic pollution”. By the end of 2020, China will take the lead in banning and restricting the production, sales and use of some plastic products in some regions and fields. By the end of 2022, the consumption of primary plastic products will be significantly reduced, and alternative products will be promoted.
According to the “opinions”, it is prohibited to produce and sell ultra-thin plastic shopping bags and ultra-thin polyethylene agricultural mulch in accordance with the principle of “forbidding and limiting one batch, replacing one batch of recycled products and standardizing one batch”. It is forbidden to use medical waste as raw material to manufacture plastic products. The import of waste plastics will be banned. The production and sale of disposable foam plastic tableware, disposable plastic cotton swabs and daily chemical products containing plastic beads are prohibited step by step. The use of non degradable plastic bags, disposable plastic products and express plastic packaging is prohibited or restricted step by step and field by field. Develop and promote green plastic products and alternative products, explore and cultivate a new business mode conducive to standardized recycling and recycling, and reduce plastic pollution. We should strengthen the classification, recovery and transportation of plastic waste, and standardize the resource utilization and harmless disposal of plastic waste. Carry out special cleaning of plastic waste. At the same time, the Opinions also put forward the establishment and improvement of relevant regulations and standards, the improvement of supporting policies, the strengthening of scientific and technological support, strict supervision and law enforcement and other supporting safeguard measures.
（2） Notice on increasing the export tax rebate rate of some products
On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation issued an announcement on increasing the export tax rebate rate of some products. The announcement said that the export tax rebate rate of 1084 products such as porcelain sanitary ware will be increased to 13%; the export tax rebate rate of 380 products such as plant growth regulators will be increased to 9%. At the same time, the announcement will be implemented from March 20, 2020, and the applicable export tax rebate rate of the listed goods will be reported as export goods The date of export indicated on the customs declaration. Among them, the export tax rebates of primary ABS and as were increased.
（3） “One helmet with one belt” security operation
On April 21, in order to further improve the safety protection level of motorcycle, electric bicycle riders and car drivers, and effectively reduce the death toll in traffic accidents, the traffic administration bureau of the Ministry of public security deployed to carry out the “one helmet one belt” safety guard operation across the country. Many places responded positively and issued relevant regulations one after another. According to the regulations, all provinces and cities in China generally rectify and punish the behaviors of riding motorcycles and electric vehicles without wearing safety helmets, and successively issue documents to implement them from June 1 or July 1.
（4） 9:9 jointly issued “notice on solid promotion of plastic pollution control”
According to the national development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on July 17, in order to coordinate the prevention and control of the epidemic situation and the control of plastic pollution, and ensure the completion of the phased targets and tasks of plastic pollution control by the end of 2020, nine departments including the national development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently jointly issued the notice on Solidly Promoting the control of plastic pollution, pointing out that the supervision and inspection on the prohibition of the production and sale of plastic products should be strengthened. Local market supervision departments should carry out supervision and inspection on the quality of plastic products, investigate and deal with the production and sale of ultra-thin plastic shopping bags with thickness less than 0.025mm and polyethylene agricultural mulch with thickness less than 0.01mm according to law; local commercial departments should strengthen the supervision and management on the use of non degradable plastic bags in retail places, take away services, various exhibition activities, etc.
（5） “Guide for classification and identification of degradable plastic products” issued
On September 13, the China Federation of light industry formulated and issued the guidelines for classification and identification of degradable plastic products (hereinafter referred to as the guidelines). The “guide” further defines the concept and definition of degradable plastics, and puts forward specific requirements for the identification of degradable plastics from five aspects: scope, product definition and classification, testing methods of degradability, identification requirements, identification styles and specifications. At the same time, the “guide” requires relevant product manufacturers, sales enterprises, retail supermarkets, catering enterprises and other users, as well as relevant units, to conscientiously implement the national policies and measures to control plastic pollution, actively carry out product identification and procurement in accordance with the “guide”, and strengthen identification management.
（6） : the national standard general technical requirements for disposable degradable tableware was officially released
General quality requirements for disposable degradable tableware (GB / T 18006.3, hereinafter referred to as the new standard) is issued, which replaces the relevant contents of GB / T 18006.1-2009 general technical requirements for plastic disposable tableware (hereinafter referred to as the old standard). According to the regulations, the standard will be formally implemented on December 31, 2020. It is found that there are three main changes in the new standard: the name of the standard is changed from general technical requirements for plastic disposable tableware to general technical quality requirements for disposable degradable tableware; the classification method is modified to classify disposable degradable tableware according to heat resistance; the application scope, test method and technical index of degradation performance requirements are modified.
（7） Beijing plastic pollution control action plan (2020-2025) officially released
On December 24, the Beijing action plan for plastic pollution control (2020-2025) was officially released, which also made clear requirements for the use of plastic products in catering industry and take out service.
The “action plan” clearly requires that from January 1, 2021, non degradable disposable plastic straws shall be prohibited in Beijing’s catering industry and replaced with degradable plastic straws; non degradable plastic bags shall be prohibited in built-up areas for takeout (including food packaging) services and replaced with degradable plastic bags; and non degradable disposable plastic straws shall be prohibited in built-up areas and scenic spots Plastic tableware should be used for cleaning, disinfecting and reusing. By the end of June 2021, the city’s catering industry will prohibit the use of non degradable disposable plastic coffee mixing sticks.