• Govt To Implement Deposit System For Disposable Cups From June
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In a push to tackle the plastic waste problem that has intensified during the pandemic, South Korea will implement a deposit system for drinks sold in disposable cups at cafes and fast-food chains starting June 10.

The environment ministry announced Tuesday that people will have to pay a deposit between 200-500 won per disposable cup under the plan.

The deposit will be given back when they return the used cups to the stores for recycling.

The system will apply to companies with over 100 branches, covering about 38,000 cafes and fast-food stores across the country, according to the ministry.

Eateries will also be banned from using disposable cups at stores and encouraged to reuse items for deliveries.

From November, big retailers, supermarkets, convenience stores and bakeries will also be prohibited from using plastic bags.

The ministry said the measures are part of the govenment's plan to achieve carbon neutrality.

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