Government officials said Monday that South Korea would ban large supermarkets and retailers across the country from using disposable plastic bags in an attempt to conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste to be recycled.
The ban will enter into force on Tuesday as part of a revised law on the conservation of resources and the promotion of recycling of recyclable waste.
Under the condition of the ban, there are 2000 retail outlets of large discount chains and 11,000 supermarkets with retail space of 165 sq. M. M and more, where it is currently forbidden to distribute free plastic bags.
Stores that violate the ban can be fined up to 3 million won (about $ 2,683). Instead, these stores should offer reusable containers, fabric shopping bags or paper bags to customers.
Plastic containers for wet products, such as meat and fish, will still be used.
According to the revised law, 18,000 bakeries throughout the country will not be allowed to distribute free disposable plastic bags.
In cooperation with local authorities, the Ministry of the Environment plans to encourage affected stores to comply with the ban from January to March.
The ministry is also promoting a plan to reduce the use of plastic bags for clothes in laundry. (Renhap)