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How to Throw Away Trash in Korea

 

 

 

Waste Management System

 

Cleaning workforce

Cleaning workforce: 5,612 persons treat domestic wastes in Seoul (directly operated by autonomous districts: 2,563 persons; operated by service contractors: 3,049 persons; self-handling businesses: 0). These figures are expected to decrease gradually as modernized equipment is introduced whilegarbage is reduced and collected separately.

Seoul citizens generate on average 9,440 tons of garbage a day, and they are collected by 5,612 cleaning workers in 2012.

Reloading sites Wastes collected by small trucks are reloaded onto larger trucks at these sites. There are 38 reloading sites as of February, 2014 that are steadily modernized.

 

Volume-based waste fee system

To realize a clean environment free from wastes, the city government imposes waste collection fees based on the volume of wastes discharged, unlike the previous system wherein differentiated fee rates were imposed based on house size and property tax amount. To that end, recyclable wastes are required to be discharged separately as much as possible.

Domestic waste containers (white) : 3ℓ, 5 ℓ, 10 ℓ, 20 ℓ, 30 ℓ, 50 ℓ, 75 ℓ, 100 ℓ
Food garbage-only containers : 1 ℓ , 2 ℓ 3ℓ, 5 ℓ
Industrial waste containers : 5 ℓ, 10 ℓ, 20 ℓ, 30 ℓ, 50 ℓ, 75 ℓ, 100 ℓ
Public-use waste containers : 30ℓ, 50 ℓ, 100 ℓ
Containers of small-volume construction wastes, waste glass: Jute bags (PP woven bags)

 

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Living in Korea? You Must Recycle

If you live in Korea, you already know that Korea is pretty strict with its recycling policies. Korea is pretty specific with the kinds of trash it recycles: biodegradable waste, PET bottles, other plastics, batteries, bottles, and sometimes more. Recycling in Korea differs according to the processing of local governments. But know this: you will recycle… or else! If you leave your PET bottles in your “regular garbage” (일반 쓰레기) often enough, the garbage men might not pick up your trash next time. Or even worse, you might get a very angry warning by your building maintenance Ajeoshi (아저씨).

Tip: Not sure how to separate your trash? Look at the labeling!

 

Save Your Leftovers

One of the best but smelliest things about throwing out garbage in Korea is the fact that they separate food waste. Anything biodegradable is collected separately, and the reason is supposedly very, very eco-friendly. Although it might sound gross, there are rumors that the food waste is fed to pigs in Korea. Not exactly clear if this is true or not. But either way, the fact that Korea is doing its part to save the world one kilogram of garbage at a time is pretty cool. It can at times stink up the house, and it’s a bit of extra work if you’re not used to separating your leftovers, but you’ll do it for your good friend planet earth, won’t you??  [

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