South Korea Tightens' Plastic Limit 'as Law Amendment Takes Effect

Supermarkets in South Korea generally place free plastic bags in areas where vegetables, fruits and meat are sold. Recently, however, the number of free plastic bags in south Korean supermarkets has decreased significantly. Large supermarkets in South Korea, for example, are easy to buy, with signs on a large number of shelves saying "no plastic bags under the recycling law" and only free plastic bags for "necessities" such as seafood and meat. If the customer does not pay attention, will not be suitable for the provision of disposable plastic bags of goods into the disposable plastic bags, checkout will remind the customer.


On January 1 this year, South Korea on the conservation of resources and promote recycling of legal amendments officially went into effect. According to the amendment, 2,000 large supermarkets, 11,000 supermarkets with an area of more than 165 square meters and 18,000 roasteries in South Korea are required to completely ban the provision of single-use plastic bags, except for some fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and other goods containing water. Relevant supermarkets and hypermarkets can only provide customers with metered charging garbage bags, environmentally-friendly shopping bags and empty cartons made from waste plastic for packaging. Recently, the major supermarkets have significantly increased enforcement efforts.


Strict regulation of supermarkets and bakeries is just one more step in a tightening of a ban on plastic that was introduced several years ago. In the process of "plastic limit" in South Korea, both the factor that South Korea wants to improve environmental protection and the white garbage is forced to be lax.


South Korea also faced a plastic waste crisis last year. Due to the unprofitable recycling of plastic bags and other garbage, most garbage clearance and sorting companies in the south Korean capital circle announced that they would no longer recycle PET plastic bottles and white polystyrene meal boxes, which caused chaos in the south Korean capital circle for a period of time. At that time, many residential areas have put up signs telling residents not to throw disposable plastic bags and food boxes into the recyclable area. Also, when you throw recyclable waste, you have to clean it up before you throw it away. For example, remove stains and tape from recyclable trash. In the end, the capital circle returned to normal after the south Korean government provided detailed subsidies to garbage collectors and recyclers.


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