After this year’s Korean Series, the sight of fans cheering on their favorite players with plastic sticks at professional baseball stadiums is likely to disappear. While the ‘ban on the use of paper cups and plastic straws in restaurants and cafes’ has become a ‘thing of the past’ among the additional disposable product regulations implemented on November 24 last year, the ban on the use of ‘synthetic resin (plastic) cheering items in baseball stadiums’ and ‘plastic disposable umbrellas in department stores’ will be subject to crackdown from the 24th as scheduled. According to the Ministry of Environment on the 8th, the ban on plastic cheerleading equipment in sports facilities and the ban on plastic umbrellas in large-scale stores will end on the 23rd for a one-year trial period. From the 24th, they will be subject to crackdowns and fines of up to 3 million won. The ban on plastic cheerleading products in sports facilities means that ‘businesses that operate sports facilities’ must not provide plastic cheerleading products to users, whether free of charge or for a fee Baseball and soccer stadiums and soccer fields, where cheerleading equipment is often used, are legally owned by local governments, and the teams that use the stadiums as their homes are often the “lessees” .The Ministry of the Environment considers clubs to be responsible for complying with the plastic cheerleading ban and provides guidance on how to do so. If a singer performs at a sports facility, EPA believes that the singer is just as responsible for complying with the plastic cheerleading ban as the club.
However, the ministry has not yet issued a clear ruling on whether clubs or singers would be subject to fines. For the time being, it is not regulated for fans to buy plastic cheering items outside the stadium and use them inside the stadium. Unless clubs actively prevent fans from bringing them into stadiums, the ban may not eradicate them .The Green Alliance, an environmental organization, surveyed nine baseball stadiums from May to August and found that two stadiums, Jamsil and Gwangju, used balloons. Only three stadiums (Jamsil, Gwangju, and Suwon) had signs asking fans not to use them .When the Green Alliance asked 10 KBO teams to take measures against garbage, only four responded, and only two (Doosan Bears and LG Twins) said they would consider banning balloons from the stadium .It’s also problematic when teams focus solely on ‘reducing plastic’ .A case in point is the KIA Tigers’ introduction of paper cheer sticks in July, which were criticized as “greenwashing” because they were not durable enough to be thrown away after one use. Reducing the use of disposable products should not end with ‘reducing plastic’ .According to the 6th National Waste Survey, sports and leisure facilities (1,419) generate 42,107 tons of waste per year. There has been some confusion over the reversal of the ban on paper cups in restaurants and cafes. The decision not to ban only paper cups means that plastic cups will still be banned in stores .It’s important to note that there’s no confusion about the convenience store plastic bag ban transition period, as “giving away a regulated bag for free” is still subject to enforcement .If a convenience store asks you to 토토 pay for a bag, don’t ask for a free one.