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Seoul to Toughen Inspections of Waste Imports from Japan

Seoul to Toughen Inspections of Waste Imports from Japan

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will strengthen its environmental and health safety inspections for battery, tire and plastic waste imported from Japan, the government said Friday. The Ministry of Environment said it will beef up radioactive and heavy metals tests on Japanese waste batteries, tires and plastics being imported into South Korea [...]

Philippines Sending Containers Filled with Garbage Back to S. Korea

Philippines Sending Containers Filled with Garbage Back to S. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Dozens of containers containing trash from South Korea entered the Philippines last July, which caused major upheaval in the Philippines for citizens and environmentalists alike. The trash in question was sent by a South Korea-Philippines joint venture, which reported that the containers contained pieces of plastic. The containers were [...]

S. Korean Government Investigates Company that Exported Waste to the Philippines

S. Korean Government Investigates Company that Exported Waste to the Philippines

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has launched an investigation into a domestic firm that provoked the ire of the Philippines for illegally exporting waste to the country. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in tandem with the Ministry of Environment and the Korea Customs Service, conducted a thorough search [...]

South Korean Government to Impose Landfill Levy to Promote Recycling

South Korean Government to Impose Landfill Levy to Promote Recycling

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Environment said Wednesday that the upcoming revision to the Resource Circulation Act will include imposing a 10 to 30 won ($0.01 – 0.03) levy per kilogram of landfill (and incineration) for household waste.  Affecting all local governments and private businesses that operate waste disposal facilities, the [...]