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Environment and circular economy transition in China


Rethinking Plastics Project | Final Results

Nowadays we enjoy the convenience of single-used plastics, which consume too many resources. Collection and recycling of plastic products still lacks, while unmanaged plastic waste is leaking into the ocean. Sometimes we really forget the fact that we only have one planet.

Sébastien Paquot, Counsellor for Climate Actions and Environment, Delegation of European Union to China

Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter

Funded by the European Union (EU) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Rethinking Plastics Project supports the transition towards a circular economy for plastics in East and Southeast Asia to reduce plastic waste leakage into the sea and thus marine litter.

Rethinking Plastics Project in China

Through dialogue and training activities, recommendations and one-year long pilot projects including agricultural mulch film management, packaging waste reduction, ship waste management and fishing-for-litter initiative in China, the project aims to improve the plastic management along the whole value chain, promote sustainable consumption and production of plastics, and reduce marine litter from sea-based sources.

Pilot Projects

Xiamen / Deposit-refund scheme for plastic packaging

Kailu County, Inner Mongolia / Plastic mulch film collection

Haikou / Reusable delivery packaging

Qingdao / Reusable logistic containers in fruit and vegetable trade

Shanghai Port & Tianjin Port / Ship waste management at commercial ports

Hainan Province / Reducing marine litter through fishing-for-litter

Awareness Raising and Public Education
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