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South Korean Government Bans Disposable Plastics, Violators could Face Fines of $3M Wons ( FJD$5585.90)

Korea will put a nationwide ban on use of disposable plastic bags from April 1st, 2019.

This move has come as a part of Korean government’s effort to reduce waste and conserve the environment, the Ministry of Environment of Korea said Wednesday.

The ministry said about 2,000 hypermarkets and approximately 11,000 big supermarkets with sales floor space of 165 square meters or more will be prohibited from offering disposable plastic bags to their clients from April 1.

Retailers that violate the ban could face fines of up to 3 million won (around $5585.90 Fijian Dollars).

Plastic containers for wet goods, such as meat and fish, muddy vegetables and ice cream that can melt in ordinary temperatures will still be allowed.

The Korean government encouraged its citizens to actively participate in the national movement to reduce the use of disposable goods, so that “we can pass on a good environment to our descendants.”

Source: The Korea Times

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