Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items (China)
China, one of the world's biggest users of plastic, has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country.
Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022.
The restaurant industry will also be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020.
China produced 60 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2010, followed by the US at 38 million tonnes, according to online publication Our World in Data based at the University of Oxford.
This isn't China's first campaign against the use of plastics.
In 2008, the country banned retailers from giving out free plastic bags, and banned the production of ultra-thin plastic bags.
And in 2017, China - once the world's largest importer of plastic waste - announced that it would ban the import of foreign plastic waste.