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Asian economies join the anti-plastic crusade

Growing concerns about microparticles in the oceans prompt action

SYDNEY -- Countries and regions in Asia-Pacific are joining the fight to reduce plastic waste amid mounting concerns about the dire consequences of microplastic pollution in the oceans.

New Zealand has announced a plan to phase in a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags over the next year. Taiwan has said it will impose a blanket ban on single-use plastic products by 2030.

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