Seoul revealed its goal to reduce the use of disposable plastics by 50% and achieve up to 70% recycling by the year 2022 through the 「Seoul Without Disposable Plastic」 project.
Seoul plans to hold trial operations after the temporary opening in preparations for its official opening next spring. During the trial operation period, the states of local and foreign plants will be minutely observed to ensure stable settlement of the plants, and citizen opinions will be collected for any improvements or supplementations required for operation.
All disposable plastics will be removed from public institutions to set an example. Seoul-affiliated organizations currently do not use disposable items in office buildings, and this will be implemented on civil consignment organizations by 2019. Starting next January, Seoul government office buildings will limit the entrance of employees and citizens holding disposable cups and will install a temporary collection bin at each entrance to realize government office buildings with no disposable products.
Sports facilities, parks, and public sites will also practice the reduction of disposable products. For shops, restaurants, and food trucks at sports facilities and parks, recycling bins will be installed at each location or permission to use disposable plastics must be acquired beforehand.
Under the foundation of the leading practice of public organizations, five disposable items used most commonly in daily life—cups, straws, plastic bags, delivery utensils, dry cleaning covers—will be selected and publicized to civic organizations to induce changes in the lifestyle of citizens.
Five individuals from each autonomous district, who will be resource circulation leaders for educating and publicizing reduction of disposable items and enforcement of recycling, will be selected annually for a total of 500 individuals to be trained by 2022. There will be the additional trial project, the Resource Circulation School, centered around Seoul Upcycling Plaza that will include education for youths to reduce disposable items, facility field trips and experiences.
In addition to leads by public organizations and the citizen practice campaign, the project will be expanded to civil organizations to manage the use of disposable items at distribution centers, franchises, and other venues with heavy use of disposable items.
Business operators of legally permitted businesses and goods must conclude a relay voluntary practice agreement for the reduction of disposable items and to induce voluntary participation and practice of the public.
A collection and selection system and facilities will be expanded for maximized recycling of used disposable items. This will first be implemented in areas with single houses where recycled items are collected together, so that there will be specific days on which plastics will be collected and recycled.
Public infrastructure will be fortified through establishment and enlargement of recycling centers in autonomous districts while vehicles that collect recycled items will be replaced and automatic recycled items collectors and recycling equipment will be improved.
Public buildings, autonomous recycling centers, subway stations, and other unused spaces will be used to recreate an upcycling exhibit, experiences, a DIY shop and more for the creation of a Re&Up Cycle area and for the expansion of a recycling and upcycling culture. This will be centered around Seoul Upcycling Plaza located in Yongdap-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul.