September 18, 2001 17:58
The Citizens' Alliance for Waste Disposal (CAWD) said Tuesday that the increase in the number of "take-out" stores has led to an increase in the use of disposable containers, adding that about six billion more were used in a year on average.
The group expressed concerns about environmental degradation as these containers were being disposed of without specific guidelines as to whether they should be recycled, buried or burned.
A survey showed that the number of well-known "take-out" stores such as Rosebuds Coffee House rose by 180 in the last two years and each uses about 250 paper or plastic cups a day.
The CAWD also said that other restaurants selling noodles or bibimbap indiscriminately use styrofoam plates and bowls. An official at CAWD said that the real problem was as the number of take-out restaurants and coffee houses go up, people tend to make less effort to reduce the use of disposable packaging, adding the government and stores need to come up with a solution.
The law stipulates that fast-food restaurants must recycle more than 90 percent of disposable containers, which are used to make toilet roll paper. The Ministry of the Environment said that no official survey had been conducted on the use of disposable containers by take-out stores and that it had not considered regulating use as it was difficult to reduce or recycle products from these stores.
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