[International News of Packaging and Printing Industry Network] Starting from the end of 2019, Korea will prohibit the use of color plastic bottles or plastic film made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which are difficult to recycle.
South Korea's Ministry of Environment said that from August 28, a 40-day executive order on the Law on Conservation of Resources and Promotion of Recycling and the legislative notice of the amendment to the executive rules were carried out, which included banning packaging materials that were difficult to recycle and marking the material grade of packaging materials.
The reason why the amendment decided to ban the use of PVC from the source is that if PVC is recycled with other synthetic resins, the strength of the product will decrease, and harmful substances will be released in the recycling process.
Based on 2017, 4589 tons of PVC packaging materials sold annually in Korea are mainly used for food preservation film, transparent film for packaging and transparent container.
South Korea's Ministry of Environment will only allow some non-commercial alternative products, and directly related to diet and medical safety of medical and health-care functional foods, ham and sausages sold at room temperature, water-containing meat, aquatic products, etc., can use PVC-made fresh-keeping film packaging.
In addition, the Amendment prohibits the use of non-ferrous plastic bottles. It is reported that South Korea's Ministry of Environment has also formulated a policy not to allow the use of general adhesives for labelling in order to easily remove the labels on plastic bottles.
Original title: South Korea started the "plastic ban" at the end of this year
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