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China bans plastics, petrol vehicles on volcanic island

Non-degradable plastic products and disposable food containers, as well as fossil-fueled vehicles will be prohibited on Weizhou Island off south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local media reported on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Weizhou Island

Weizhou Island

According to an ecological and environmental protection regulation passed by the regional legislature, the sale and use of plastic bags and plastic sheets used for agricultural purposes will be banned.

“Except for vehicles already registered by individuals and departments, as well as vehicles that serve the public, like firetrucks, no other new fossil-fueled vehicles will be allowed on the island,’’ it noted.

The ban, which aims to promote new energy vehicles and protect the island’s ecosystem, will take effect on July 1.

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Weizhou Island in the Beibu Gulf is the largest and youngest volcanic island in China.

A national geological park was established on the island in 2004.

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