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[VIDEO NEWS] Jeju: a pure or plastic island?

May 23,2018
1) Marine debris, including plastic, that is being washed into Jeju is plaguing the island.

2) Plastic waste is scattered around the beaches of Gimnyeong and Aewol in Jeju Island.

3) Disposable cups and plastic bottles littered by the 15 million tourists who visit Jeju Island are also a problem.

4) The amount of marine debris picked up in Jeju Island last year was over 14 thousand tons.

5) Because of the salt, plastic waste picked up from the sea cannot be recycled and must be incinerated or buried.

6) The waste produced within the island is out of control.

7) The population of Jeju Island has been increasing by 10,000 every year since 2009

8) and the number of tourists has drastically increased to 15 million from 5 million in just 10 years,

9) causing an exponential increase in the amount of garbage.

10) To protect the environment of Jeju Island, it is necessary to have strong government measures to regulate plastic waste.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Video provided by Cheon Kwon-pil
Produced by Park Seung-young
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Hoyeon Yoo