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REGULATIONS FOR EFFICIENT RECYCLING
입력 2019.11.20 (15:08) 수정 2019.11.20 (16:46) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

Eight out of ten plastic bottles produced in Korea are recycled. But only 10 percent of them are used as high-quality recycled materials. The government has decided to enact regulations increase the percentage of high value-added recycling by recycling transparent plastic bottles separately.

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Plastic bottles are transported to a recycling firm. The workers first sort them by color before removing impurities. This is done to sort out transparent bottles. Only 10 percent are transparent. The remaining ones can be re-used as cups, cotton or strings, but they cannot be used in apparel textiles, the most high-value added material. That's because they contain colored plastic and impurities that cannot be filtered out.

[Soundbite] MAENG SUNG-HO(KOREA PET BOTTLE RECYCLING ASSOCIATION) : "When white bottles for makgeolli are mixed in products, the defect rate increases."

Korean textile firms have no other choice but to use imported transparent plastic bottles. This company producing 500 tons of recycled textiles using discarded plastic bottles imports 100 percent of its raw materials from Japan. It can't use domestic plastic bottles because of the colors and all kinds of foreign substances, which can often damage factory equipment.

[Soundbite] CHO YONG-KU(STAFF AT TEXTILE COMPANY) : "In Korea, all kinds of plastic waste is sorted into one category. Textile companies cannot use them because of foreign substances mixed in them."

To address the problem, the government decided to enact regulations banning the manufacturing of colored plastic bottles and mandating that transparent bottles be separated from colored ones during recycling starting December 25. The use of labels attached to plastic bottles using regular adhesives will also be outlawed. The Environment ministry anticipates the move will help increase the amount of high-quality waste plastic bottles to 100,000 tons in the next three years.
  • REGULATIONS FOR EFFICIENT RECYCLING
    • 입력 2019-11-20 15:02:10
    • 수정2019-11-20 16:46:02
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

Eight out of ten plastic bottles produced in Korea are recycled. But only 10 percent of them are used as high-quality recycled materials. The government has decided to enact regulations increase the percentage of high value-added recycling by recycling transparent plastic bottles separately.

[Pkg]

Plastic bottles are transported to a recycling firm. The workers first sort them by color before removing impurities. This is done to sort out transparent bottles. Only 10 percent are transparent. The remaining ones can be re-used as cups, cotton or strings, but they cannot be used in apparel textiles, the most high-value added material. That's because they contain colored plastic and impurities that cannot be filtered out.

[Soundbite] MAENG SUNG-HO(KOREA PET BOTTLE RECYCLING ASSOCIATION) : "When white bottles for makgeolli are mixed in products, the defect rate increases."

Korean textile firms have no other choice but to use imported transparent plastic bottles. This company producing 500 tons of recycled textiles using discarded plastic bottles imports 100 percent of its raw materials from Japan. It can't use domestic plastic bottles because of the colors and all kinds of foreign substances, which can often damage factory equipment.

[Soundbite] CHO YONG-KU(STAFF AT TEXTILE COMPANY) : "In Korea, all kinds of plastic waste is sorted into one category. Textile companies cannot use them because of foreign substances mixed in them."

To address the problem, the government decided to enact regulations banning the manufacturing of colored plastic bottles and mandating that transparent bottles be separated from colored ones during recycling starting December 25. The use of labels attached to plastic bottles using regular adhesives will also be outlawed. The Environment ministry anticipates the move will help increase the amount of high-quality waste plastic bottles to 100,000 tons in the next three years.
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