South Korea latest country to ban single-use plastic bags

The South Korean Government is the latest to enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags, with 11,000 supermarkets and 2,000 discount chain stores facing fines of up to three million won (€2,344) if they continue to offer the items to customers.

Under the ban, plastic bags will be available for meat and fish but elsewhere must be replaced with cloth, paper, or reusable and recyclable alternatives. The country’s Ministry of Environment said it would also be looking to cut down on the use of other disposable items including plastic straws.