The government publicly stated that it will formally launch a special treatment of excessive packaging in April, and strive to use one year to effectively curb excessive packaging and other violations of laws and regulations, and initially establish a working mechanism to prevent excessive packaging. In 2020, China’s express delivery business volume exceeded 83 billion pieces. The unenvironmental problems in express packaging are prominently manifested in the excessive packaging of packages, the use of materials that are not environmentally friendly, and the packaging is not recycled and reused. On March 12, the “Management Measures for Mail Express Package” issued by China* was formally implemented.
The “Management Measures for Express Mail Packaging” clarifies the packaging selection requirements and principles, stipulating that the shipping company should strictly implement the packaging management system, purchase and use packaging that meets national regulations, give priority to reusable and easy-to-recycle packaging, and optimize mail Express package, reduce the use of packaging.
The “Measures” address issues such as the replacement of disposable plastic products, the content of heavy metals in packaging, and the management and control of benzene solvent residues, to clarify corporate responsibilities and strengthen source governance.
It is understood that in 2021, the state* will implement the “2582” project to carry out special treatment of heavy metals and specific substances in excess packaging bags and excessive packaging, and strive to reach 5 million recyclable express boxes (boxes) by the end of the year, and e-commerce express mail will no longer be used. The secondary packaging rate reached 80%, and 20,000 postal express outlets equipped with standard packaging waste recycling devices were newly added.
From the perspective of energy efficiency, more energy and raw materials are lost. If they cannot be recycled and processed in a timely and effective manner, the resulting packaging waste will cause serious environmental pollution.
From the perspective of economic benefits, it will also damage the interests of consumers. The costs (such as prices, taxes, packaging recycling, etc.) caused by the use of packaging are ultimately borne by consumers.
From the perspective of market order, it will also disrupt market order and harm the social atmosphere of green development. If the excessive packaging of goods has not been effectively curbed, some companies will shift their business focus from the quality of the goods to packaging, relying on packaging to attract customers and occupy the market. This approach will cause other companies to follow suit, causing the phenomenon of excessive packaging to become more and more serious and fall into viciousness cycle.