First national standards for takeaway lunch boxes launched
The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision (SMBQTS) held a press conference to release the first standards for take-out lunch boxes on April 27.
According to the standards, the food delivery industry is to use PE paper bowls which are more eco-friendly instead of plastic lunchboxes. The step will not only ensure the quality of lunch meals but also reduce plastic waste by more than 75 percent.
The flourishing food delivery industry provides a lot of convenience for local residents. The statistics show that Shanghai has an average of 1.65 million take-out orders per day.
However, some serious problems have also emerged such as the quality of take-out meals and the increasing plastic waste.
It is estimated that more than 1.2 billion plastic containers are discarded in a year and produce about 45,000 tons of plastic waste, putting pressure on Shanghai's environment.
In a bid to alleviate urban environmental pressure and promote green environmental protection, SMBQTS worked with food delivery platforms like Eleme, Meituan and Baidu Waimai to set standards for take-out food delivery boxes.
Beginning in June, those food delivery platforms will pilot the policy in Changning, Pudong and Putuo district in Shanghai. SMBQTS will keep an eye on its implementation to continually update, improve and optimize the new supervisory system.