SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 29, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced its plan to manage garbage cans with QR codes for more systematic control. QR codes for trash cans were already introduced as a pilot program in the Mapo district. From last July, 243 bins in the district were under management using QR codes. Seoul is looking forward to expanding the plan to other districts after gauging the effectiveness of the new management system.
Currently, there are approximately 5,000 garbage bins within the capital. Although each district designated officials to check damages to and capacities of the bin, it was difficult to reflect civil complaints regarding waste bins.
Hence, the SMG decided to introduce the QR code management system so that everyone in the city can request maintenance work for each bin.
Mapo district’s QR-attached bins are being supervised under SMG’s IoT Smart Clean Road Management System. Any citizen who finds overloaded or damaged trash bins can scan the QR code and ask the city to empty or fix them.
The city government expects that QR codes will allow the city to respond timely to issues such as illegal dumping and breaking of bins even when they happen out of working hours.
“Seoul will enhance the urban hygiene through thorough maintenance of trash cans. Attaching individual QR codes to each bin is the very first step we are taking to achieve that goal,” said Lim Mi-Kyung, Director of Living Environment Division. “We will keep putting our efforts to provide a clean urban environment to our citizens.”
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