• Core Business
  • Resource Recirculation
  • Operation and management of resource circulation system
  • Extended Producer Responsibility

Operation and management of resource circulation system

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) mandates producers and importers of products that fall under EPR requirement or producers and importers of products with packaging materials that fall under EPR requirements to recycle a certain amount of wastes from products or packaging materials. Ones who fail to follow this obligation are subject to recycling charges.

Items for Mandatory Recycling
4 packaging materials

paper packs, metal cans, glass bottles and packaging materials made of synthetic resin

7 products

lubricants, batteries, tires, fluorescent lamps, buoys for farming marine products, sheet film for baled silage and racks of synthetic resin mats

Roles of each entity
Roles of each entity list
Entity Roles
Consumer Thoroughly separate and discharge recycling resources
Producer(Recycler)

Faithfully fulfill the responsibility for recycling individually or by joining a PRO(Producer Responsibility Organization)

Operate separate recycling marking system for packaging materials to ensure separate discharge at source

Local Government Separate collection of target items of EPR
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Accept and approve the sales & import records and the responsibility fulfillment plan of producers

Accept the fulfillment report and verify/inspect performance

Manage administration and oversight related to EPR operation, including recycling charges

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Operate the overall EPR Program, and enact and revise laws, regulations and guidelines.

Calculate and announce the recycling target rates for each item

Procedures
Procedures list
Process Date
Announcement of Mandated Rates of Recycling by Item (Minister of Environment) December of the Previous Year
Submission of Recycling Plan (PRO and Producer → K-eco) January 31 of the Current Year
Fulfillment of Recycling Responsibility Current Year
Submission of Sales & Import Record of Products and Packaging Materials(Producer → K-eco) April 15 of the Following Year
Submission of Recycling Report (Cooperative and Producer → K-eco) April 30 of the Following Year
Notification and Payment of the Recycling Charges (Producers and Cooperatives Failing to Meet the Recycling Mandate) JULY 31 of the Following Year (Notification) and August 31 of the Following Year (Payment)
Exemption
  • Products : No exemption
  • Packages : Small manufacturers and importers are exempted from recycling obligation.

<(Example) Criteria for Producers of Packaging Materials>

(Example) Criteria for Producers of Packaging Materials list
Type of Business Size of Business
Amount of Sales or Import Volume of Sales or Import of Packaging Materials
Manufacture and import of packing materials made of carton packs, metal cans or plastic (synthetic resin foam excluded) Manufacture whose previous year revenues are KRW 1 billion or higher, and importers whose previous year revenues are KRW 0.3 billion or higher Manufacture whose previous year sales volumes are 4 tons or higher, and importers whose previous year import volumes are 1 tons or higher