[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment has decided to restrict the use of disposable bags to fundamentally solve the problem of recycling waste plastic bags and to announce legislative amendments to the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources from August 2 for 40 days.
The amendment is promoted to reduce the volume of disposable plastic bags, which reach 414 sheets per person per year. As of 2010, the EU consumed 198 plastic bags per capita per year and only four in Finland.
It is prohibited to use disposable bags in large-scale stores (large marts of 165 ~ 3000㎡) and supermarkets, which are currently prohibited from offering plastic bags free of charge.
Large-scale marts have entered voluntary agreements with the Ministry of Environment since 2010, replacing plastic shopping bags with reusable bulk bags, empty boxes and shopping carts.
In addition, the bakery cannot provide disposable plastic bags free of charge. Until now, bakeries have been using a lot of disposable bags, but they have not been regulated because they are not included in the prohibited businesses for free disposable bags. The annual use of 2 large franchise confectionery companies is about 230 million pieces.
To stabilize the vinyl recycling base, five vinyls such as laundry vinyl, transportation air cap, umbrella vinyl, disposable vinyl gloves, and wrapping films for food packaging are added to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) items.
In addition to this amendment, in order to strengthen the recycling responsibility of producers who are obliged to recycle vinyl, the government plans to increase the producer contribution and raise the recycling obligation rate from 66.6% to 90% in 2022.
“It is not enough to solve the waste problem only by strengthening use regulation and producer responsibility,” said an official from the Ministry of Environment. “Even if it is a little inconvenient, it is necessary for consumers to voluntarily participate and improve their awareness by reducing the use of disposable products for the environment and future generation.”
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