There Is No Place For Take-away Rubbish To Change Habits To Eliminate Plastic Waste From The Source

- May 29, 2018-

There is no place for take-away rubbish to change habits to eliminate plastic waste from the source

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The rise and development of emerging industries such as take-aways have led to a significant increase in the production and use of plastic products. The current booming take-away economy has brought a series of environmental problems.

According to the “Report on Production and Sales Demand and Investment Forecast of China Plastics Industry”, the cumulative output of plastic products in China from January to May 2017 was 30.47 million tons, a cumulative increase of 3.8%.

The take-out industry is hot and take-away garbage is nowhere to be placed

Mr. Zhang, who runs a daily store near the Nanjiao University Town in Xi’an, told reporters: “Our customers are mostly students. Many meal orders come from take-out platforms or WeChat. One-off plastic lunch boxes can be used about one day. More than one hundred, four or five thousand a month." A one-off, one-time plastic lunch box for a small shop can reach four or five thousand a month. There are forty to fifty food and beverage outlets that also provide take-away food around Mr. Zhang’s shop. According to a rough calculation, the number of plastic lunch boxes consumed in this area can reach more than 100,000 per month.

Mr. Zhang also told reporters: “When customers order food on the takeaway platform, the number of corresponding lunch boxes is set by the merchant in the background, and the price of the lunch box is currently priced at RMB 1. If the takeout platform uses a biodegradable lunch box, The cost will be high and only prices will increase."

According to data from the US-based group, hungry, and Baidu’s takeaway platforms, the daily orders of the three platforms are around 20 million. According to a sample of 100 orders collected by a public environmental protection organization, an average of 3.27 plastic lunch boxes or cups will be consumed per single meal.

Based on the above data, it is estimated that more than 60 million plastic products will be consumed by the takeaway platform each day. Every week, at least 400 million take-aways “fly” on the streets in China, generating at least 400 million disposable packaging boxes and 400 million plastic bags of waste every week. Because it cannot be recycled, most of it can only be incinerated. About 8 million tons of plastics are buried every year.

The rise of the take-away industry has brought convenience to many people, but the environmental problems it brings can not be underestimated. The environmental pollution caused by the foreign trade garbage needs to be highly valued by consumers, businesses, takeaway platforms and environmental protection agencies.

The cheapest and most difficult to degrade plastic lunch boxes are the best sellers

Eliminate plastic waste from the source Changing people’s habits is the key

The network takeaway lunch boxes are divided into plastic lunch boxes, degradable lunch boxes, tin boxes and leather waterproof boxes. The advantages and disadvantages of the four types of lunch boxes are different: For some small-scale business takeaways, the most expensive degradable lunch boxes are “spicy”; the tin boxes are less rigid, and only the cooking halls are used, and the business still has to collapse. The tin box is covered with a harder box; the leather waterproof box is light but has poor sealing and can only be filled with food without soup, such as bibimbap and salads.

Taken together, the plastic packaging box with PP5 material in practicality is cheap, sealable, and high in hardness, which can be described as “affordable”. But this take-away box that lasted less than an hour has become a "lethal" to the environment: a plastic lunch box that takes hundreds of years to degrade by nature, is the most difficult to degrade in four kinds of lunch boxes and can only be " Abandoned" incineration, landfill disposal.

Currently on the take-away platform, lunch boxes are 1 yuan/a. The plastic lunch box has good tightness and high hardness, and has a high degree of "protection" for meals, covering almost all take-out meal boxes.

Precautionary business excuse does not increase prices, do not want to accept the most environmentally friendly degradable lunch boxes, in fact, more worried about the price of lunch boxes to increase to 1.5 yuan / month or 2 yuan / month, the increase in the threshold will lead to some take-away meal guests Sources and profits have shrunk.

Changing consumer behavior habits is the most important

According to the report of China Guangguang China on September 7, the Beijing No. 4 Intermediate People’s Court accepted the case of the Chongqing Green Volunteers’ Union’s lawsuit against Baidu, Hungry Moe, and the US Mission Takeout Platform on September 1 and demanded that the take-away platform Users have the option of using disposable cutlery to reduce waste of resources and environmental pollution.

This is the first case in China where the first take-away platform was indicted for waste of resources and environmental pollution. The Chongqing Municipal Green Volunteers Association hopes that this move will encourage companies to fulfill their corporate responsibilities and social responsibilities, and urge the management departments to issue out-of-date management rules for emerging industries such as outsourcing and regulate the business model of emerging industries.

What is hungry? Takeout platform has since said: The country has not yet introduced environmental standards for food appliances, take-away platform has no right to force businesses to use environmentally-friendly tableware. In the future, the option of not using disposable tableware will be set in the background of the user's meal order.

Take-away orders produce tens of millions of packaging waste every moment, no place to lay, it takes centuries to degrade naturally. In addition to recommending and promoting the use of biodegradable packaging, it is urgently necessary for consumers, especially consumers in the post-90s and the post-2000s, to popularize environmental protection knowledge, and to restrict and discipline consumer behavior. Change the environmental protection and green consumption habits, start from now and start from today.

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