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  • Seoul Distributes “Outline of Food Waste Disposal Standard” in Ten Languages for Foreign Residents

  • Environment & Energy news SMG 3619

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) translated and distributed a guidebook on food waste separation and disposal in ten languages (English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Russian, Mongolian, French, Malay, Hindi, and Thai) for the annually increasing number of foreigners residing and sojourning in Seoul, which include multicultural families, foreign residents, migrant workers and tourists.

    <Number of foreign residents in 2018-2019>

    Number of foreign residents in 2018-2019
    Year Total Korean-Chinese Chinese Vietnamese American Taiwanese Japanese Mongolian Other
    2019 284,763 124,557 65,192 17,130 9,608 8,883 8,344 6,115 44,934
    2018 273,178 119,558 65,640 13,502 9,545 8,808 8,175 5,988 41,962

    <Number of foreign residents by autonomous district(gu) in 2019>

    Number of foreign residents by autonomous district(gu) in 2019
    Year Total Yeongdeungpo Guro Geumcheon Gwanak Dongdaemun Gwangjin Yongsan Other
    2019 284,763 35,732 34,163 20,263 18,030 16,512 15,785 15,791 128,487

    Due to fees levied on foreign residents by autonomous districts with large foreigner populations for disposal of waste and continuously reported civil complaints such as disputes between residents, the SMG distributed guidebooks to SMG offices, headquarters and departments as well as autonomous district offices, investment and funding institutions, and offices of education for instructions on how to dispose food waste.

    Furthermore, the SMG improved the food waste disposal standard due to the increasing confusion of distinguishing “items not to be disposed as food waste” which differ by each autonomous district, and encouraged each district to amend relevant regulations.

    The food waste separation and disposal standard will integrate all “items not to be disposed as food waste” by all 25 autonomous districts of Seoul, and the outline for food waste disposal will be made available to foreign residents.

    Seoul’s Food Waste Separation and Disposal Standard Recommendation

    (Seoul standard / Apr. 16, 2020)

    Seoul’s Food Waste Separation and Disposal Standard Recommendation
    Type Items not to be disposed as food waste
    Vegetables Roots of chives, green onions, water celery, etc.
    Pepper seeds
    Skins of onions, garlic, ginger, corn, etc.
    Pepper stalks, corn stalks, garlic scapes, etc.
    Fruit Hard shells of walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts, acorns, coconuts, pineapples, etc.
    Seeds of drupes such as peaches, apricots, and persimmons
    Grains Rice hulls
    Meat Hair and bones of cow, pig, chickens, etc.
    Fish Shells of shellfish such as clams, horned turban, abalone, common cockle, sea pineapple, and oysters
    Shells of crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters
    Fish bones
    Poisonous foods such as swellfish intestines
    Shells Egg, duck egg, quail egg, ostrich egg shells
    Grounds Various tea (e.g. green tea) grounds, medicinal herb grounds
    Other Any object that cannot be mixed with food such as gum, vinyl (plastic bags), bottle caps, wooden toothpicks, paper, foil, straws, plastic spoons, plastics, rubber gloves, iron, spoons, chopsticks, pieces of glass, metals, rocks, rope, clothes, any type of vinyl, etc.

    ※ Objects improperly disposed as food waste can break machine equipment and prevent the recycling of resources

    □ How to properly dispose food waste
    ○ Fully remove water (moisture) and impurities (e.g. mud, dirt) before disposing food waste in the designated food waste containers (large volume-based machines, RFID volume-based machines) or designated food waste bags
    ○ Wash salty foods like kimchi, soybean paste, and gochujang (Korean chili paste) with water before disposal
    ○ Finely chop green onion peels and large vegetables like whole radishes, whole cabbages, and whole pumpkins before disposing, as large or long pieces may break machine equipment