The waste bins in Seoul subway stations will disappear for the duration of the G-20 Summit this November, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said.
Seoul Metro plans to have the waste bins temporarily removed from Nov. 1 to 12. Also, postal-service booths and storage lockers will not be in service from Nov. 8 to 12. Seoul Metro said it believes the public will cooperate, despite the inconvenience, as the moves are part of safety measures for the general public.
The government said it plans to also set up new facilities and dispatch more personnel to boost security. For instance, 184 surveillance cameras will be installed around 92 public lockers and around escalators. The number of security guards will also be ramped up at the entrances of and within subway stations. Volunteers, soldiers and police officers will also be dispatched to ensure tight security at each subway station.
The ramped up security measures will also increase the monitoring of the overhead baggage racks and below the seats on subway trains. Emergency task force teams will also be dispatched at the slightest suspicion of terrorism, while the monitoring of unmanned substations, tunnels and communications systems will also be tightened.