China's largest plastic bag manufacturing facility has shut down following the government's announcement in December that it was banning the production of thin plastic bags and requiring fees on thick plastic bags. The closure is the first tangible evidence that Beijing means to enforce the law, which was implemented as part of that government's war on "white pollution", or plastic litter.
Officials said last month's ban was mean to decrease litter, as well as reserve petroleum for more useful purposes. Recently, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties, as well as the City of Oakland, have enacted bans or recycling benchmarks on plastic bags.
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