Seoul will install trial ‘disposable cup collection bins’ on streets with Starbucks Coffee Korea, the Ministry of Environment, and the Korea Zero Waste Movement Network to increase recovery of disposable cups on streets.
Seoul plans to install 17 bins in the tourist congested areas of Itaewon, vicinities of universities, Gwanghwamun, and other areas with floating populations located within the four districts of Jongno-gu, Yongsan-gu, Dobong-gu, and Dongjak-gu upon request by the end of this year.
Seoul will collect disposable cups and manage the collection bins through help of the autonomous districts. Starbucks will be responsible for the production, first installments, and repairs of these collection bins. A portion of the sales profit of tumblers and multi-use cups will be invested as funds. Seoul plans to continuously confer with autonomous districts and Starbucks regarding the design and management of the collection bins.
Amidst the announcement of the “comprehensive plan for Seoul with no disposable plastic,” which aims at reducing use of disposable plastics by 50%, and achieve 70% recycling between September 2018 and the year 2022, this trial project will allow for easier collection and sorting of disposable cups to increase the percentage of recycled items.
In addition to the installment of the disposable cup collection bins, Seoul and Starbucks will operate ‘disposable item-free trial stores’ where disposable items will not be offered to customers along with other plans to reduce use of disposable items.