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  • No Disposable Cups for Take-out Coffee in Seoul City Hall from 2019

  • SMG 939

    From January 1, 2019, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will completely prohibit the use of disposable paper cups for take-out coffee, or plastic supplies for food delivery, from being brought into City Hall. The SMG will organize the campaign at the main entrance to foster awareness between the staff and the public until January 11, 2019, to promote their voluntary and active participation.

    From New Year’s Day of 2019, the waste basket for disposable cups available at every entrance to have the public officials and visitors conveniently dispose of their disposable cups as they enter the building, after having emptied their cups of contents. The baskets will be only temporarily available until everyone acclimated to the new policy.

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    Disposable cup waste baskets available at all entrances

    The SMG announced, “This measure will first be implemented for the City Hall and the annex buildings, however, we are also looking into expanding its implementation to businesses, financial institutions, and district offices, following recent public opinion.”

    Additionally, the SMG is pursuing a variety of policy to encourage an eco-friendly City Hall, free of disposable supplies, including the furnishing and using reusable cups instead of disposable ones during meetings and in the office, serving drinks in mugs or rewarding discounts when a customer uses one’s own mug at the café or the snack bar in the City Hall, banning the sale of disposable supplies and plastic bags, and utilizing recycled eco bags.