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Korea prohibits the use of shopping bags available in supermarkets


South Korea will ban large supermarkets and retailers across the country to use disposable plastic bags in an attempt to conserve natural resources and reduce recyclable waste, government officials reported.

The ban will enter into force on Tuesday as part of a revised law on resource conservation and promoting the reuse of recyclable waste.


Notwithstanding the prohibition, there are 2,000 points of sale of important discount chains and 11,000 supermarkets with commercial surfaces of 165 square meters or more where free plastic bags are distributed.

Stores that violate the ban could face fines of up to 3 million earnings (around $ 2,683). Instead, these stores are obligated to offer customers recyclable containers, bags of cloth bags or paper bags.

Plastic containers for wet products, such as meat and fish, will also be used.

According to the revised law, 18,000 pastry shops throughout the country will be prevented from delivering free plastic bags available.

In collaboration with local governments, the Ministry of the Environment plans to encourage affected stores to abide by the January-March ban.

The ministry is also pushing a plan to reduce the use of plastic parts bags in laundry stores. (Yonhap)

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