[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment said that the amount of waste per person per day was 929.9g, which was 10g less than the result of the same survey five years ago.
The national waste statistics survey, conducted every 5 years from 1997, was carried out from September 2016 to July 2017 by opening standard plastic garbage bags and checking the amount and kinds of the waste.
According to the survey, the amount of garbage per person per day was 929.9g. Out of these, trash discarded in the standard plastic garbage bags accounted for 27% (255.4g), food waste and recyclable resources, 40% (368.0g) and 33% (306.5g), respectively.
The survey also showed that the waste of the workplace continuously increased to 375,000 tons per day in 2016 from 334,000 tons in the fourth survey conducted in 2011.
The Ministry of Environment plans to reduce the amount of waste generated at the production and consumption stages, considering that the recyclable resources discarded in the garbage bags still occupy a high percentage and the waste in the workplace is also continuously increasing.
In order to reduce the use of disposable items and plastics by the public, the Ministry of Environment plans to spread the eco-friendly consumption culture through the citizens' campaign with the civil society.
"The amount of waste generated per person is smaller than that of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average of 1425g per day in 2015, but there is still much room to reduce the amount of waste and increase recycling,” said an officer of the Ministry of Environment. "Based on the results of this survey, we plan to establish a basic plan for resource circulation and systematically implement waste related policies."
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