The government on Tuesday unveiled a plan for municipalities to collect all types of plastic waste from households for recycling.
The plan, designed to make it easier for residents to sort plastic waste and increase amounts of such waste to be recycled, was broadly approved at a joint meeting of expert groups of the environment and economic ministries.
The government will consider drawing up new legislation to implement the plan. It will request that municipalities collect all plastic waste together, aiming to launch the system in 2022 or later.
Currently, over 70 percent of the municipalities collect plastic containers and packaging, including plastic bags, food trays and shampoo bottles, as recyclable waste from households and hand them over to recycling businesses.
But other plastic products, including toothbrushes, stationery goods and washbowls, are categorized as combustible or noncombustible waste and incinerated or buried.
Some experts say the current system is difficult because only plastic containers and packaging can be put out as recyclable waste.
Collecting all types of plastic waste together will make it easier to sort waste. The government expects the shift will encourage more residents to separate plastics from other waste correctly.
To be newly collected as recyclable waste is all plastic products excluding large garbage and small home appliances.
According to analysis by the Environment Ministry and others, 66 percent of the plastic waste from households is containers and packaging, 18 percent plastic bottles and 16 percent products designated in the category of other plastic products.
Also on Tuesday, the government proposed the promotion of voluntary collection and recycling by manufacturers and sellers of plastic products. It expects the collection of small and daily products at home centers and other places.
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