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Consumers cutting down on disposable plastic waste by bringing their own reusable containers to restaurants Updated: 2021-03-05 10:16:49 KST

This college student wanted to do something to cut down the amount of plastic that comes from food deliveries and takeouts.
So for the past 7 months, she has been taking her own reusable containers to restaurants when ordering takeout food.
Before deciding what size container she'll need, she looks through the reviews in a food delivery app.

"I'm trying to use less disposable containers can I get the food in this container I brought?"

"If she had not brought her own containers for take-out food this many plastic containers would have ended up being thrown away."

"If you have difficulty doing this, or if this is your first time I recommend you start with food that needs only one container."

A manager in a recycling plant in Yongin City, southeast of Seoul, says the facility has been getting more waste since the outbreak began.

"In 2019, we received an average of 57 tons of waste a day. But last year, we processed 64 tons a day which is 12-percent more than the year before."

"As you can see behind me, there are so many plastic takeout containers and cups thrown away here.
Only plastic that is longer than 15 centimeters gets recycled so small pieces of waste such as plastic straws end up just getting incinerated."

South Korea's environment ministry is planning to ban the use of paper cups, plastic straws and disposable stirrers in coffee shops.
And the country's largest food delivery app 'Baemin' also includes a button that says 'I don't need plastic spoons and forks'.
Since the button was introduced in 2019, it has been tapped more than 120 million times saving more than 13 million U.S. dollars of disposable products.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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