Beijing's New Action of "Plastic Restriction"! 12 measures to help create a model for plastic pollution control

In order to further implement the regulations and action plans, Beijing recently issued the "Notice on Supporting the Standardization Pilot of Plastic Pollution Control in Miyun District and Yanqing District" (hereinafter referred to as the "Notice"), based on the overall implementation of citywide governance measures. The focus is to take 12 specific measures from 6 aspects to support and promote the standardization pilot work of plastic pollution control in the two districts.

The Notice proposes: "By the end of 2025, the level of plastic pollution control in various fields will be comprehensively improved, and Miyun and Yanqing districts will be turned into models for plastic pollution control, making a 'Beijing demonstration' for the national plastic pollution control work, and promoting the green development of ecological conservation areas to a new level

How will the 12 measures effectively promote plastic pollution control? Let's get to know together~

Agricultural production field

01 Increase the promotion of biodegradable agricultural films

Based on the current development status of their own planting industry, the two regions will select suitable areas and crops to accelerate the promotion of biodegradable plastic films. The agricultural and rural departments in urban areas actively promote the use of biodegradable seedling bowls, hanging ropes and other plastic products. The municipal and district agricultural technology promotion departments shall strengthen technical guidance on the selection, use technology, and agronomic support of biodegradable agricultural film products. Actively coordinate the Chaoyang Miyun and Haidian Yanqing twinning areas, and increase investment in the field of plastic pollution control.

02 Promote technological innovation and achievement transformation in agricultural plastic pollution control

The two districts should support relevant enterprises and research institutions to carry out research and development experiments and demonstration applications of green technologies and products related to plastic pollution control within their jurisdiction. The relevant departments at the municipal level actively coordinate and promote the national key research and development plan "Green Degradable Plastic Film Special Materials and Product Creation and Industrialization Project" and other biodegradable plastic film related scientific research projects to carry out experiments and result transformation in the pilot areas. Support will be provided for the industrialization application projects of related scientific research results in accordance with the relevant policies of green technology innovation in this city.

03 Encourage leading enterprises in the catering and agricultural retail industries to actively fulfill their green responsibilities

The relevant departments in the urban area should take the initiative to establish communication and exchange platforms, encourage and guide leading enterprises to fully use biodegradable agricultural films, seedling bowls, hanging ropes, etc. in the agricultural product cooperation bases in the two districts, continuously expand the scope of agricultural product cooperation bases, and make the use of biodegradable agricultural films an important consideration for purchasing green agricultural products, reducing plastic pollution from the production source.

04 Carry out monitoring of microplastic pollution in farmland and water bodies

The Municipal Agriculture and Rural Bureau, the Municipal Water Affairs Bureau, and the Municipal Development and Reform Commission support and guide the two districts to establish farmland monitoring points in combination with the land tenure system and long-term positioning monitoring of farmland quality. They will continue to carry out monitoring of plastic film residue, set up monitoring points in key river sections and lake reservoirs within the Miyun Reservoir and its jurisdiction, and continue to carry out microplastic monitoring of water bodies, comprehensively grasping the current situation and changing trends of microplastic pollution in the region.

Tourist attraction

05 Strengthen the management of disposable plastic products such as tourist attraction and rural homestays above the grade within the jurisdiction

The relevant departments at the municipal level guide the two districts to promote the use of biodegradable plastic shopping bags, strengthen garbage classification management, separately recycle plastic takeaway boxes, packaging bags, beverage bottles and other plastic waste, and encourage the use of reusable cultural cloth bags, paper bags and other alternatives to plastic products.

Retail sector

06 Standardize the use of plastic bags in agricultural markets

The two districts need to further standardize the use of plastic shopping bags in agricultural markets. The commercial department should guide and standardize the agricultural market to achieve unified purchase and sales of plastic shopping bags, and gradually promote alternative products; By the end of 2024, stop using non degradable disposable plastic shopping bags and complete the "Action Plan" task one year in advance. The market supervision department shall impose administrative penalties on the use of ultra-thin plastic shopping bags in the market in accordance with the law.

Standardize the recycling and utilization of plastic products

07 Increase the promotion of biodegradable garbage bags

In the two district waste classification demonstration community, encourage and guide residents to use biodegradable plastic bags to contain household kitchen waste, promote scientific and rational reuse of biodegradable products, and alleviate the odor problem of kitchen waste.

08 Support the construction of renewable resource recovery system

Encourage the two districts to build district level renewable resource sorting centers through PPP and other means, improve the three-level recycling system of recyclable materials recycling points, transfer stations and sorting centers, standardize the waste plastic recycling recycling, and reduce the amount of plastic waste from the source.

09 Explore the recycling and utilization of disposable plastic lunch boxes

The two districts should combine with the classification of domestic garbage, actively explore the recycling mode of disposable plastic lunch boxes, and the relevant municipal departments should guide Miyun District and Yanqing District to incorporate the light pollution disposable plastic lunch boxes (that is, after simple cleaning, there is no residual food, and there is no plastic lunch boxes contaminated with a lot of oil and soup) into the recyclable system in the built-up areas and tourist attraction, and coordinate the delivery platform enterprises to carry out recycling, sorting, recycling and other work.

Strengthening the tracking and evaluation of plastic pollution control

10. Entrust professional third-party institutions to carry out pilot work tracking and evaluation

The two districts need to strengthen the evaluation of the effectiveness of plastic pollution control work in their respective areas. The relevant departments at the municipal level entrust third-party institutions to strengthen the tracking investigation of the implementation of plastic pollution control measures and pollution status in key industries and areas of the two districts through visits and surveys. Based on the investigation results, objectively evaluate the effectiveness of the control, propose improvement suggestions, and promote the continuous achievement of new results in the governance work of the demonstration area.

Strengthen publicity and guidance on plastic pollution control

11. Widely carry out publicity on plastic pollution control

The two districts should make full use of their propaganda channels to extensively carry out plastic pollution control propaganda work. The competent departments of various industries at the municipal level shall carry out the promotion and interpretation of plastic pollution control policies in their respective industries according to their respective responsibilities, utilize traditional media and new media platforms, and guide the integration of media in the two districts to fully explore and promote grassroots innovative achievements and typical practices, and launch a batch of creative, vivid and lively plastic restriction propaganda works.

12. Carry out volunteer activities to guide citizens' participation

The relevant departments at the city level and in the two districts guide industry associations, social organizations, and other organizations to carry out volunteer services in the two districts, fully leveraging the role of volunteers, carrying out activities such as popularizing plastic reduction knowledge to small and micro merchants, promoting disposable plastic replacement products and biodegradable products, as well as plastic waste collection activities in key areas such as scenic spots and parks, using volunteer efforts to drive residents in the two districts to participate in plastic pollution control.