SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 7, 2018 – In an effort to decrease the volume of waste landfill or incineration, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has introduced and implemented the “garbage carry-in management system” for public waste disposal facilities for the first time in 2015.
Based on the management system, each autonomous district set up its own objective of how much it will reduce wastes. Once it accomplishes the goal, it receives 10 percent of the charge levied upon a given quantity of waste received at a waste processing facility.
Such an attempt has turned out to be successful by reducing an average of 201 tons of wastes a day. An average of 3,088 tons of garbage a day used to be buried or incinerated in 2014 when the system was not officially introduced.
However it has amounted to 2,887 tons in 2017, a 6.5 percent decrease (201 tons per day) from that of 2014. The total volume of decreased wastes in 2017 is almost equivalent to the total volume of wastes thrown away both in the Guro-gu district (132 tons) and the Geumcheon-gu district (69 tons) a day.
The city government sets up its new goals – 12 percent reduction by the end of this year and 20 percent by the end of 2020. It also plans to reduce the case of directly burying wastes in volume-rate plastic garbage bags in landfill.
In addition, a citywide campaign will be staged to encourage the citizens to curb the use of disposable products, to separate recyclable wastes, to expand the reuse of coffee grounds and pieces of fabric, while not to illegally throw away trash. It will also tighten inspections on businesses dumping a large quantity of wastes, and on resource recovery facilities.
According to the Resource Circulation Law that became in effect from this year, each district is to be levied waste disposal fee based on the number of landfill and incarnation, which might contribute to the reduction in household wastes.