LOCAL companies will be fined up to 50,000 yuan (US$8,025) for selling goods with too much packaging, according to a new law approved yesterday.

The new law to take effect in February next year aims to cut down on unnecessary use of resources and reduce the city's waste, according to Shanghai People's Congress.

China currently restricts packaging of two commodities: moon cakes and cosmetics. No punishment is mandated.

"The technical standards will include the number of layers of packaging papers, the allowed ratio of empty space inside the whole box of goods as well as the maximum percentage of the packaging cost to the goods' value," said Gan Zhongze, a lawmaker. Local standards will cover a variety of goods.




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