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Incentives needed, says local official

EXPRESS lanes at supermarkets and free gifts are two of the ideas being considered by the Shanghai Commerce Commission to encourage shoppers to use recyclable bags.

The commission is considering moves to enhance the use of eco-friendly shopping bags, the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said yesterday.

The commerce commission said policies may include creating special lanes at supermarket checkouts for customers using recyclable bags instead of plastic ones. Not many shoppers use recyclable bags at present, so special lanes could save them a great deal of time.

Other incentives under discussion include offering gifts to those using recyclable bags and exchanging old bags for new ones without charge, the commerce commission told the Shanghai Committee of the CPPCC.

The commission has not announced a timetable for the campaign.

Committee member Wu Fanhong urged in a proposal submitted earlier this year that the government should expand the use of paper bags at shops because only charging for plastic bags was not enough to curb "white pollution."

"Somehow the government should make an investment in promoting paper bags at stores and offer them at a discount or free of charge to shoppers," Wu told Shanghai Daily.

He was critical that obviously low-standard plastic bags are still widely used at wet markets.

"These thin and poor-quality plastic bags are offered free to wet market shoppers," said Wu, the general manager of a local pharmaceutical company.

He also called on local governments to collect the revenue shops generate from selling plastic bags and use the money to set up a fund to support research into how to break down or dispose of plastic waste more ecologically.


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