CPPCC members call for efforts on white pollution prevention and control

Updated: 2019-09-16chinadaily.com.cn

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An online consultation meeting was held in Beijing on Sept 12.  Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, attends the meeting. [Photo/Xinhua]

The control of white pollution is a tough battle in the fight against pollution, China's political adviser Wang Yang said. White pollution refers to solid waste from various types of plastic products used in daily life, often made from polystyrene and other polymers. 

Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks while attending an online consultation meeting in Beijing on Sept 12.

Wang called for efforts to promote the establishment of new development concepts in all sectors of society, consolidate the consensus of striving for progress and social co-governance, strengthen democratic supervision, and control white pollution effectively and orderly to help build a beautiful China. 

Fourteen CPPCC members and experts from in Beijing as well as Hebei, Jilin, Henan and Hainan provinces gave speeches over phone. More than 200 members also expressed their opinions through computers or mobile phones. 

They said that China is one of the countries that have implemented early prevention and control of white pollution, and efforts have led to positive results. The key task for the next step is to focus on solving problems such as incomplete laws and regulations, inadequate supervision and management, insufficient supply of alternative products, and insufficient social participation. 

Some suggested that it is necessary to strengthen prevention and control at the source, improve production standards, and prevent all types of illegal products from entering the market. 

They also suggested expanding the scope of governance, limiting and prohibiting and the use of such items as non-degradable plastic bags, and accelerating the development and application of alternative products while strengthening policy support and perfecting laws and regulations.

Importance must be attached to scientific research and raising public awareness of white pollution prevention and control as a form of environmental protection, according to participants.


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