Hazardous Waste in South Korea

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In Korea, hazardous waste is covered mainly under the Waste Control Act with some regulation under the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources.  The Waste Control Act regulates “industrial waste” as well as other “household waste.”  Under the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources, the Minister of Environment shall impose costs on any manufacturer or any importer of goods, materials, and containers, from among goods, materials, and containers which have the potential of causing waste control problems or are difficult to recycle.  The Minister of Environment is also responsible for collecting the costs from manufacturers or importers under the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources.


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