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Climate & Environment

Basic directions

  • To realize a clean city that recycles resources, the Seoul Metropolitan Government actively promotes the recycling of discharged wastes while suppressing their generation at the source.
  • Food wastes are collected separately for recycling into resources. Resource recollection facilities seek to enhance the operation rate by providing more incentives to the surrounding areas. The remaining food garbage is treated in a reliable hygienic procedure to realize a clean Seoul.

Waste Management System

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 while garbage 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)