Can the lifting of the ban on the hottest foaming

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Recently, the national development and Reform Commission issued Order No. 21 to partially adjust the relevant items of the Guiding Catalogue for industrial restructuring (2011 version), one of which is the deletion of disposable foamed plastic tableware (hereinafter referred to as foamed tableware) from the catalogue of obsolete products, marking the lifting of the ban on foamed tableware for 14 years. At first hearing the news, some monks were confused, and then some indignation

foamed tableware, which is regarded by public opinion as the culprit of white pollution, has long been criticized by China, South Africa and Russia as the main vanadium suppliers in the current international market. In January, 1999, the former State Economic and Trade Commission issued and implemented the catalogue of eliminating backward production capacity, processes and products (the first batch), requiring that foamed tableware classified as backward products due to serious environmental pollution be eliminated nationwide by the end of 2000. Since then, relevant ministries and commissions and major cities such as Beijing and Tianjin have successively issued bans requiring the elimination of foamed tableware within a time limit. Since then, the national development and Reform Commission has twice included foamed tableware in the list of eliminated products in the Guiding Catalogue for industrial structure adjustment (2005 edition and 2011 Edition), prohibiting investment, import, production, sales and use. Over the years, although foaming tableware has been banned, it has finally dared not brazenly arrogant the market. However, today, when the central government proposes to build a beautiful China, how can the culprit of white pollution come back from the dead

for the lifting of the ban on foamed tableware, the national development and Reform Commission has given five reasons for lifting the ban: first, foamed plastic tableware meets the relevant national standards for food packaging appliances; Second, it can be recycled after use; Third, it has been used by many countries and regions in the world; Fourth, it can save oil resources; Fifth, the social environment has changed. Although the reasons given are good, in fact, at a glance, it is obvious that economic interests play a major role. We can get a glimpse of the industrial identity of the five major associations, such as China Light Industry Federation and China Plastics Processing Industry Association, which stand out to support foamed tableware. As we all know, foamed tableware is easy to make, low-cost, beautiful in shape, easy to be welcomed by merchants, has a relatively large market, and therefore has high economic value. If you switch to other items, it will increase the operating costs for businesses. In order to protect an industry that is easy to make money, it is common for Chinese people to sacrifice the health of consumers and the environment

there is no doubt that there is a contradiction between economic development and environmental protection. The government must make a choice between economic development and environmental protection. Of course, the most ideal state should be to ensure the realization of environmental protection goals while promoting industrial economic growth, so that industrial development will no longer be a competitive factor with environmental protection, and it will become a happy thing for local governments, enterprises, environmental protectors and ordinary people. However, it is really difficult to find the best combination of economic development and environmental protection. However, it must be made clear that any industry that has caused great damage to the environment would rather give up no matter how high its profits are, than never go on the market

for this reason, I have a few questions to ask the national development and Reform Commission and the association masters who support it

question: is foaming tableware toxic or harmful? Foamed tableware has returned to the market, and consumers are most concerned about safety. The people's impression of the experimental machine soaked tableware with complex structure is that it has taste, the hot things will deform, and the oil is easy to seep out. According to the test data, once the temperature exceeds 65 ℃, the toxins contained in bisphenol A and other substances will be separated out and immersed in food due to the material characteristics of foaming tableware. Is such a thing really safe and non-toxic? China Plastics Association said that it was safe and non-toxic. Has it been scientifically tested by authoritative departments? If there is an authoritative report, we hope that the national development and Reform Commission and China Plastics Association will publish it to the public to dispel the public's concerns about foaming tableware

second question: will foaming tableware cause environmental pollution? Waste foamed tableware is non degradable waste. If it is landfilled, it will occupy a lot of land and pollute the environment; If incinerated, a large amount of toxic and harmful gases will be released. Foamed tableware contains too much oil, is difficult to clean, wastewater treatment is difficult, and secondary pollution is very serious. Considering this characteristic of foaming tableware, the US Environmental Protection Agency has pointed out that this material can have a serious impact on human health, wildlife, aquatic environment and economic development. Lifting the ban means that white pollution may intensify. Have you carefully evaluated the risk

people turn white when talking about the tiger. The picture of pollution is shocking.

three questions: when will the recycling and reuse system of waste foamed tableware be improved? Experts from China Plastics Association believe that in order to eliminate the white pollution caused by foamed plastic tableware, we should establish and improve the recycling system. However, it is not easy to talk about. Even in more than ten years after the former State Economic and Trade Commission listed it in the backward product catalogue in 1999 and required it to be banned, banned and eliminated within a time limit, the market survey results show that because disposable foamed plastic tableware has the most cost-effective advantage in the market competition, its market share in the national disposable tableware market is still as high as 70%. The recovery of funds is the basis of whether the recycling work can be carried out. If the government does not invest, it seems easy to let the production enterprises pay, but it is difficult to operate. Previously, Shanghai had implemented the three cent project, requiring foaming tableware manufacturers to pay recycling fees, but the product prices were high and could not be sold, while products produced in other regions took the opportunity to occupy the Shanghai market, resulting in the complete paralysis of the three cent project. From this point of view, the reason for the NDRC to say that the recycling conditions have been improved is insufficient

therefore, there is no answer to this series of questions in the public's mind. Disposable foamed plastic tableware, once the culprit of white pollution, has been allowed to enter the market again after being banned for 14 years. No wonder the public and public opinion question this move from many aspects. It is worth thinking about whether it is too rash and irresponsible to rush to overturn the original policy of prohibiting investment, import, production, sales and use of foamed tableware when various factors endangering consumer health and environmental protection have not been well solved by effectively controlling foamed tableware

in fact, the so-called economic benefits of foamed tableware can only be established after ignoring the recycling cost. Even if it is calculated economically, foamed tableware has no advantage over other tableware in terms of cost performance. More seriously, as long as there is a slight slack in regulation in the next five years, once the white pollution caused by it returns, the society will have to pay a heavy cost of governance. Over the years, from the government's environmental governance to the selection of a product, the relevant government departments are easy to calculate accounts from a purely economic perspective. In the game of increasing economic benefits and environmental protection, environmental protection is often softened or even eliminated under the leverage of economic indicators. Due to the excessive emphasis on pursuing GDP growth, we have paid a heavy price for the destruction of the environment and the welfare of people's livelihood. Fourteen years ago, the state made a great determination to ban foamed tableware, which is a necessary experimental testing equipment for engineering units such as buildings, building materials, roads and bridges, and vigorously carried out the research, development and promotion of new environmentally friendly tableware, encouraging enterprises to develop more low-cost, high-quality, high-tech environmentally friendly tableware. At the beginning of this green project, it will change day and night to revive the white demon, which will only make the green project die. And white pollution is likely to retaliate, make a comeback and intensify, with unimaginable consequences

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