China Standard GB/T 21661-2020 Plastic Shopping Bags has been Effective as of 31 Dec. 2020
Jan. 28 2021
China Standard GB/T 21661-2020 Plastic Shopping Bags has been Effective as of 31 Dec. 2020, and Replaces 2008 Version
As the “Opinions regarding further reinforcing plastic pollution governance” is implemented across China, the management on non-degradable plastic bags is reinforced, major cities in China are starting prohibiting non-degradable plastic bags. However, this policy does not prohibit non-degradable plastic bags in China, common plastic bags are still allowed in smaller cities, towns and rural areas for a longer transition period. Therefore, Chinese state administration of market regulation (Standardization administration) announce updated product standard for plastic bags on 9 November 2020, which was implemented since 31 December 2020. In comparison with the previous 2008 version, the new version removes degradable and starch-based plastic shopping bags from the scope, while those 2 types of products are individually managed by other standards (refer to GB/T 38082-019, GB/T 38079-2019).
The 2020 version increases film minimal thickness, and prohibits components that are easily discarded, such as detachable hanging loops. Additionally plastic bags shall clarify whether are for food contact or not, and with other labeling requirements. In general, this standard enhances safety and environmental requirements, facilitates reuse and appropriate handling of plastic bags by consumers.
Download Bulletin PDF file to view a comparison chart between the two versions.
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