The Ministry of Environment of Korea recently announced measures to reduce the waste disposal costs of recycling companies in order to solve the rejection of waste collected mainly in the Seoul metropolitan area.
The ministry said it will reshape the regulations to treat residues that have been collected and screened as waste in the workplace to reduce the burden of waste disposal costs in the recycling industry so that residues will be treated as municipal waste. This means that the screening companies will be able to reduce the cost of disposing of waste from about 20 - 300 thousand won per ton to about 40 - 50 thousand won per ton, as per Hani
The Ministry of Environment has decided to pay EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) subsidies for waste plastic to increase the use of domestic raw materials by domestic waste and waste plastics manufacturers.
The Ministry of Environment will also strengthen the authority to manage local governments, such as checking the status of separating and collecting and will promote measures to increase the producer's share of the recycled items.
Experts point out that these measures are short-term effects and they can not be a fundamental measure.
It is pointed out that it would not be easy to sort the screened residue into general household waste. "Even if the Ministry of Environment allows the residents to treat residues as municipal waste after the screening, it is not easy to deal with municipal waste without receiving it from the landfill in the metropolitan area.", says experts on Hani.