China is poised to install a million plastic door bin bins in every school and college, the latest sign of its efforts to clamp down on plastic waste and prevent children from picking up more than their share of the country’s litter.
Key points:The government is aiming to create 1.4 million plastic bin bins by 2020The bins will contain recyclables such as plastic bottles, food wrappers and cardboard, which can be recycled to make products like toilet paper and plastic bottle capsFor the first time, China has put plastic in the school binThe government hopes the bins will reduce the amount of plastic litter in the country by up to 50%The new bins will be made by a new company called Alibaba, which has set up factories in Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou to produce them.
Under the scheme, the government will establish one factory in each of China’s cities and provinces, which will be tasked with building 1.2 million plastic bag bins by the end of 2020.
The first batch will be built in the cities of Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing.
The second batch will come from Chengdu, which is expected to produce more than 4 million plastic bins in 2020.
“We will have 1.5 million plastic bags in 2020 and we will start building them in other cities in 2019,” a senior government official told AFP news agency.
The government says the bins are needed to reduce plastic litter, which in China can be up to 60% of the total waste produced, and reduce pollution.
It will then send the bins to schools and colleges in cities around the country, where they will be handed over to students and teachers.
In the meantime, they will remain stored in a secure facility in Beijing for safekeeping.
The bins are being made in a factory in China’s capital, and are expected to be in place by the time they are rolled out to schools in 2020, the official said.
China is aiming for the bins by 2021, but the government has said it will take a longer time.
“The bins need to be distributed more evenly among students, teachers, and the wider public to reduce the overall amount of litter,” said Wu Jialing, a senior researcher at the China Institute of Geosciences.
“This will help reduce the total amount of trash in China by about 50% by the 2020s.”
The government also plans to increase the amount it collects by 50% over the next five years.
“All the countries are looking to do this,” Wu said.
“This is an important initiative to prevent waste, but it is also an important contribution to tackling pollution.”
The China Institute for Geoscience is one of many research organisations studying plastic waste in China.
It is also one of a number of Chinese organisations that has developed reusable waste containers that can be reused for a wide range of products.
One of the biggest manufacturers of such containers is Beijing-based plastic recycler Pangang.
The company has also been awarded a $500m (£346m) US government loan to build an industrial recycling facility in the US.
The Chinese government hopes to use the money to help create 1,500 plastic bin factories in 2020 to reduce litter, and to expand plastic recycling to schools, factories and homes.
The Beijing-headquartered company will also develop and manufacture recyclable packaging materials, including reusable bags and paper, for restaurants, supermarkets and retail stores, as well as making food wrappings for use in restaurants and bars.
“These containers can be used to recycle waste, and will also be used for building schools and other businesses in China,” said the official.
“There will also eventually be an end to using plastic in restaurants.”