The answer dates back to a policy implemented in Seoul in 2013, which now covers 16 more cities and provinces across the country.
That is, residents must pay bills relative to the amount of food they waste, which are then processed for recycling.
Han Sung-hyun, head of the food waste management program in Seoul’s Environmental Management Division, told PBS NewsHour:
“At first, we processed all the food waste in landfills. Then we realized the pollution it created, and wanted to find a way to recycle the waste. It actually costs a lot to process the food waste. So we were like, let us find the way to save money, also to reduce pollution, and eventually to find a way to recycle the waste.”
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