The actual rollout of restrictions in China will occur in phases, mapped out until 2025.
These start in bigger cities, before being rolled out to smaller cities and towns and then to villages.
Major cities will have until the end of this year to phase out single-use plastic bags and items such as utensils, straws and styrofoam containers. A complete ban on these products will occur in all cities and towns by 2022.
The annoucement also targets single-use plastic supplies for hotels, with a ban on offering these by 2025.
And as E-Commerce sales continue to grow in the retail sector, plastic courier packages will be prohibited in major cities by 2022, and across the country by 2025.
China exptects to better control plastic pollution, significantly reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfill, establish a plastics management system and develop alternative products by 2025.