|Name of Legislation
||Container Deposit Program, under the Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources |
|Date Implemented||1985, current version implemented in 2003|
|Containers Covered||Glass containers|
|Deposit and Handling Fees
Used to fund and promote the system.
In 2003, South Korea replaced its previous recycling scheme, which ran from 1992, with a new Producer Deposit Refund Scheme in line with newly amended legislation. This new scheme included a container deposit program for empty glass bottles. It is one of the only programs of its kind in Asia.
In January 2017, the South Korean government implemented an increase to the deposit amount on bottles. This saw an increase in redemption rates in specifically soju and beer bottles from 30% to 47% in a six month period. In an effort to further increase this rate, the government also looked into expanding its reverse vending machine (RVM) infrastructure from 108 locations. 
In May 2020, the Korean Environment Ministry announced a deposit program on disposable cups. The country had a similar program from 2002-2008, but "was scrapped in 2008 due to lack of legal grounds and issues over management of deposits that were not returned to customers."  The program is expected to be implemented in 2022.
 "Operation and management of resource circulation system." Korea Environment Corporation. Last accessed 14 May 2021.
 "Increased deposits on empty bottles lead to hike in return for recycling." Yonhap News Agency. 2 August 2017.
 "S. Korea to introduce disposable cup deposits in 2022." Yonhap. The Korea Herald. 21 May 2020.
Last Updated on 14 May 2021.