December 24th – Comprehensive South Korean media reported that South Korea’s Ministry of Environment said on the 24th that South Korea plans to reduce plastic waste by reducing the production of plastic products and increasing the recycling rate.
South Korea plans to reduce plastic waste by 20% by 2025 and increase the recycling rate of waste plastics from the current 54% to 70%.
According to reports, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment said that it will gradually reduce the use of plastics from the production stage and reuse used domestic plastic waste as raw materials or extract oil from it, so as to improve the recycling and utilization rate of plastic products.
South Korea plans to reduce the proportion of plastic containers in the total container weight from the current 47% to 38% by 2025 to reduce the production and use of plastic containers.
To this end, the government will communicate with the relevant industries and adjust the goals according to the characteristics of each industry.
South Korea’s Ministry of Environment also said that by 2030, all enterprises will completely ban the use of disposable plastic bags.
In addition, greenhouse gas emissions from plastics will be reduced by 30% by 2030.
By 2050, petroleum plastics will be completely replaced by bioplastics, paving the way for a plastic-free society.
In addition, South Korea will completely ban the import of plastic waste from overseas from 2022.