South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has announced a campaign to curb the use of single-use cups at coffee shops. It also bans plastic bags at supermarkets and bakeries, starting this month.
In order to implement the campaign, the ministry started sending officials last week to local coffee shops to inspect the use of disposable cups and encourage shop owners and customers to use reusable cups.
Shop owners, found to frequently use disposable cups, can be fined up to 2 million won ($1,780).
The government also announced it would raise financial support for recycling firms by 1.7 billion won ($1.5 million).