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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

China Administrative Measures for the Paid Use of Plastic Bags at Commodity Retailing Places

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Strength of evidence: Strong Available Evidence
Reviewed under framework: Yes

Key Findings

This policy requires retailers to charge consumers a fee for thicker plastic bags not covered by the ban. The amount of the charge is at the discretion of the retailer. This policy failed to achieve its anticipated results, and has many exceptions to the ban; as of 2021, single use plastic bags were still free of charge in many places.

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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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In light of our findings, we've created targeted guidance for Policy Makers, Citizens and Businesses.

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