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South Korea to ban disposable plastic bags

Sellers will face a fine of up to 3 million won

Photo: Евгений Коваль

/NOVOSTIVL/ Use of disposable plastic bags will be banned at large retailers nationwide, starting next month, as part of the government's efforts to reduce waste and conserve the environment, the Ministry of Environment said Wednesday. This article appeared in the Yonhap News Agency.

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.

Department stores and large shopping malls are also subject to the revised enforcement regulation of the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources, the ministry said.

Retailers that violate the ban could face fines of up to 3 million won (around $2,644).

"All members of our society are asked 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," a ministry official said.

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