After being banned for 14 years, disposable foam plastic tableware returned to the market on May 1 this year. Without the escorting of relevant policies, can the "naked return" foamed plastics really save costs and be reasonably recycled, or will it make the "white pollution" come back with a legitimate coat? For the sudden lifting of disposable foam plastic tableware, the National Development and Reform Commission gave five reasons: First, it meets national standards for food packaging appliances; second, it can be recycled after use; third, many countries and regions in the world have been using Fourth, it can save petroleum resources; fifth, the social environment has changed.
For a long time, although the severe pollution caused by foamed plastics has been criticized, foamed tableware has still become
the first choice of many small vendors, and even many people do not know that foamed plastic was once banned. Foam plastic has been repeatedly included in the "eliminated products"
The catalog is now back in the arena, and the cost of foamed plastic is extremely low, but the standard production and recycling need to pay a huge price. Although experts have corrected the name of foamed plastics, claiming that "the problem of releasing styrene monomer when used above 65 ° C has no scientific basis, and there is no problem in using foamed lunch boxes to hold hot meals." However, in order to reduce costs, some companies have added illegal additives such as industrial talc and fluorescent whitening agents to disposable foamed plastic tableware, and even bought a large amount of foreign industrial waste to make foamed tableware. There is no harm to the human body. Wastes of unknown origin, dust, bacteria, and harmful substances brought during the production process enter the body with food, which will also have a great impact on health.
In recent years, some emerging companies have begun to develop degradable plastics and gradually invested in the production of disposable tableware, but their high prices have discouraged many small merchants. Today, the simple lifting of the ban may take a heavy toll on these environmental protection enterprises, while illegal manufacturers can put the production of foamed plastics on the table without any worries. The hasty lifting of the embargo without relevant supporting measures may bring a new round of pollution. In the short term, the use of foamed plastics may ease energy tensions, save oil resources, and help traders have a price and profit. But the living environment of future generations is priceless. Who will bear the huge environmental pollution costs?
Although foam cutlery is also used in many countries, a series of strict access mechanisms and recycling standards have effectively reduced white pollution. In Germany, the “who produces, who sells, and who is responsible for recycling” mechanism, while the United States has legislation on foam tableware.
There are clear standards for the yield. In China, although the state is actively promoting policies and disciplinary measures for sorting and recycling,
The concept of sorting and recycling has not been formed in a large scope. Under such a large environment, rashly letting foamed plastic "naked" will only increase the environment.
burden. Relevant departments should promulgate the management regulations and implementation rules for the production, use, and recycling of foam tableware as soon as possible. At the same time, manufacturers should strengthen self-discipline and strictly control to ensure that their products meet food hygiene and safety standards.