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China has unveiled [ambitious / ambitions] plans to drastically reduce single-use plastics by 2025. China's National Development and Reform Commission is fast-tracking a [number / numeral] of measures designed to [slosh / slash] the production and use of plastics [over / under] the next five years. It announced that by the end of 2020, non-biodegradable plastic bags will be [banned / binned] in supermarkets and shopping malls in major cities. The ban will also [apply / reply] to food delivery services, which use [fast / vast] amounts of the plastics. Single-use plastic straws and cutlery [users / used] by food takeaway services will be banned nationwide by the end of [that / this] year. China will encourage the use of [alternative / alternatively] materials such as non-plastic products and biodegradable shopping bags.

Single-use plastics are [one / two] of the world's biggest [sources / sauces] of plastic pollution. They have become a [ubiquity / ubiquitous] part of daily life and a part of our throwaway [cultured / culture] . The Chinese authorities set a goal of reducing the "intensity of consumption" in order to [reserve / reverse] our reliance on single-use plastics. Previous regulations to [carb / curb] plastic use, in 2008, led to an estimated cut in plastic bag production of 67 billion bags. The United Nations said it is [urgency / urgent] that all countries adopt policies [similarly / similar] to those China is introducing. It said: "We are already unable to [cope / cop] with the amount of plastic waste we generate, unless we rethink the [weigh / way] we manufacture, use and manage plastics."

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