China to lift the ban on disposable foam tableware

Keyword: tableware, disposable foam tableware, biodegradable plastics
Publish time: 15th April, 2013      Source: CCM
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  On Feb. 26, 2013, the National Development and Reform Commission of China adjusted some items of the Guidance Catalogue for Industrial Structure Adjustment (2011 Version). It's surprising that China will lift the ban on the disposable foam tableware from May 1, 2013, which may exert an effect on the market of biodegradable plastics. Generally, the disposable foam tableware refers to the polystyrene (PS) tableware.
  In May 1995, the Ministry of Railways banned the use of PS foam tableware in trains and train stations since the wastes seriously damaged the environment and natural landscape along the railway lines. The replacement solution has been found with biodegradable tablewares. In 1999, the former State Economic and Trade Commission regulated that the whole country should ban the use of PS foam tableware by 2000 since it could seriously pollute the environment.
  At present, based on the new instruction, the PS foam tableware can return to the market legally after May 1, 2013. According to Mr. Cao, Vice Chairman of the China Plastics Processing Industry Association, the ban on the PS foam tableware will be lifted since it has the advantages of oil and water resistance, heat preservation and low consumption of feedstock and fuel. The pollution brought by the PS foam tableware can be eliminated by strengthening the recovery management and recycling. Besides, Mr. Cao thinks that the recycling technology of disposable PS foam tableware is improving continuously in China.
  Tableware is also a downstream consumer of biodegradable plastics, such as starch based material, so the ban removal on cheap PS foam tableware may exert some effects on the biodegradable plastics market, but limited.
  A low price is the biggest advantage of PS foam tableware. In fact, in the last 14 years when both production and sales of PS foam tableware were illegal, PS foam tableware was still taking up about 20% of the tableware market owing to its low price. After May 1, 2013 when the use of PS foam tableware becomes legal, the ratio may increase.
  The news above was soured from CCM’s latest monthly report, Biomaterials China News issued in April.
  Table Contents of Biomaterials China News 1304:
  China to lift the ban on disposable foam tablewares
  China may accelerate the policy formulation for degradable agricultural films
  Opportunity for straw-based plastic's development
  Tianjin GreenBio signs a distribution agreement with Metabolix
  Bio-plus successfully processes PLA foam sheet  
  Hainan welcomes a new biodegradable plastic program  
  TÜV Rheinland commissions its biodegradability lab in Shanghai
  Shandong Polymer signs a PAM supply contract with Shengli Oilfield
  China continues the anti-dumping tax for potato starch from the EU
  China's PLA foreign trade suffers from a decrease in Feb. 2013
  China's import volume of fresh cassava decreases further in Feb. 2013
  Sebacic import and export: the volume increased while the price decreased in 2012
  Shengdi Jiahe to construct a PLA program
  BASF wins the Marketing Innovation award in China   
  LG Hausys exhibits its PLA floor
  Shandong Shenghao to launch a 300,000t/a natural cellulose program
  Guodian Younglight’s PVA and BDO program to be finished at the end of 2013
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