As early as 1999, China had already banned the widespread use of disposable plastic tableware, but white pollution was banned. It was seen that China has become a global production base for white foam substitutes—green paper products. However, ironically, it is produced from More than 95% of the products of this base are exported to Europe and the United States and other developed countries and regions, and it is only rare that they can flow into the domestic market. Under the pressure of the financial crisis, as one of China's strategic emerging industries, a new type of material environmental protection industry, domestic paper packaging products companies (including many listed companies) huge production capacity urgently need to turn to the domestic market.
Status 1: Green tableware needs to be charged
The people in the industry who produce paper cutlery have a living habit: never use fast-food noodles and polyethylene plastic cutlery because they know that more than 99% of fast-food box-shaped cardboard cutlery packaging products must be surface coated Processes can be equipped with waterproof and oil-repellent functions, commonly known as "waxing."
Status 2: Labor costs doubled Export pressure
Industry sources said that a few years ago they had invested in a green paper packaging project. Although the product was good, it was still no match for the cheaper white foam product. The bankruptcy of the project took less than three years, and the company was forced to sell the factory to pay off the debt or change jobs.
There are now more than 100 manufacturers of paper cutlery, but 99% of the market is in Europe and the United States. The U.S. government’s enforcement of the “banned” order is fearful. The initial warning, double heavy penalties, and the revocation of business licenses by operators three times prompted the market for such products to expand year by year. In the United States, most of the time, Cutlery is a paper product. If a manufacturer supplies polyethylene plastic cutlery, it must be responsible for 100% recycling.
II: Experts Call for Strengthening White Pollution Supervision
China National Pulp and Paper Engineering Expert Chen Kefu, an academician of the National Academy of Engineering, said in an interview with this reporter yesterday: “Although China has been making progress in the management of white pollution, there is still a lot of work to be done in comparison with developed countries in Europe and America. We must raise awareness of white pollution, but at the same time, we must also realize that it is impossible to cancel plastic utensils in the short term, because the price of plastic utensils is almost twice that of paper cutlery, and many people in our country cannot afford paper. Therefore, our government must strictly manage the use of plastic tableware, for example, as some developed countries strictly stipulate how many plastic containers will be recycled by producers.
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