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Chinese Tax Chopsticks to Save Environment

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Chinese Tax Chopsticks to Save Environment

Chinese Tax Chopsticks to Save Environment

Chinese Tax Chopsticks to Save Environment

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China's Ministry of Finance announces a new plan to save millions of trees. It's imposing a tax on chopsticks. The Chinese — and overseas lovers of Chinese food — use 15 billion disposable wooden chopsticks each year. The chopstick tax is part of an effort by the Chinese government to protect its rapidly deteriorating environment.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good Morning. I'm Renee Montagne. China's Ministry of Finance today announced a new plan to save millions of trees. It's imposing a tax on chopsticks. The Chinese, and overseas lovers of Chinese food, use 15 billion disposable wooden chopsticks each year. The chopstick tax is part of an effort by the Chinese government to protect its rapidly deteriorating environment. To cut back on energy consumption, China is also taxing fancy watches and golf balls. This is MORNING EDITION.

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