A bar code is attached to a disposable cup for take-out. A deposit-return system for disposable cups will begin in the city of Sejong and Jeju Island starting Friday. [JANG JIN-YOUNG] Coffee shops and fast-food outlets in the city of Sejong and Jeju Island will start charging a refundable fee to customers for disposable cups starting Friday. According to the Ministry of Environment, 532 stores of 51 franchises including Starbucks and McDonald’s will implement a deposit-refund scheme for disposable cups from Friday, starting in Sejong and Jeju Island. The system only applies to franchised cafes, bakeries and fast food joints with 100 or more shops in Sejong and Jeju. Under the system, customers will pay an additional 300 won (23 cents) when they order a drink in a disposable cup, which can be refunded at any store of the same franchise. Customers must bring the cup to the cashier, who will scan its barcode and return the deposit in cash. To have it directly deposited to a bank account, customers must have a Resource Recirculation Deposit Fee application by the Container Deposit System Management Organization (Cosmo) on their phone and have an account registered. About 30 billion disposable cups are… Read full this story
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