Since the Ministry’s focus has been kept on reinvigoration of recycling and the establishment of the program, there have been insufficient efforts deployed in adding higher value to the recycling industry, which constitutes the ultimate goal of EPR. As recycling records involving obligated producers have been judged solely based on 'recycled amounts', there exist insufficient incentives to encourage the efforts by obligated producers or recycling business owners to make high-quality recycled products.

Furthermore, while disagreements persist over recognition of recycling records as small-scale recycling business characteristically gets away with issuance of arbitrary receipts and inaccurate measurement, there exists no advanced computerized system for the management of the procedure and the insufficient supervision of recycling businesses leads to the limited transparency and soundness in the operation of the program.

For such issues, EPR can be said to be the top contributor to provision of the fundamental basis for the national promotion of recycling. Now, it is time to put in efforts in securing smart solutions to the problems, advancing the institution, and ensuring a step forward.

Up ahead, the system for operating the program will be refashioned to focus on mutually beneficial society as a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to make sure, as intended by the introduction of EPR, that a producer plays a role (in recovery, recycling, and preliminary improvement in composition of materials for enhanced recyclability).

For a successful EPR, a mutually beneficial society as a PRO must play an adequate role. A system is planned to ensure its expected performance of the role as a producer as well.

In addition, breaking away from the operation mode leaning on quantified performance to ensure a value-upgrading management of wastes, differentiated subsidies will be awarded to businesses with high-value-added achievement in improving the quality of recycled products, while incentives will be given to the producers who raise the recycle value by improving composition of materials in production stage.

Finally, mistrust and lack of transparency involving recognition of recycling records shall be removed by improving transparency and efficiency in the operation system, while a computerized system for recycling records management will be created to eradicate illicit acts including submission of false records by recycling business. The management shall be stricter to keep those businesses that submit falsified records from participating in EPR for a certain period of time.

Last modified : 2013-10-29 17:19

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