South Korea’s Food Loss Scheme

from composting 2% to composting 95%


South Korea succeeded in improving its rate of food recycling from 2% to 95% in 14 years.

Korean residents must pay to dispose of food waste, the rate of which is calculated based on weight.

Much food waste is turned into fertilizer and used for the many rooftop gardens in Seoul and other cities

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South Korea completely banned disposing of food waste in normal bins, so now all households are required to sign up for an ID to use with the special bins for food waste.


The bins weigh the food waste and charge the household accordingly.

This saves money for the city, as the city doesn’t have to process the food waste in landfills anymore.


Food is used to make biogas and biofertilizer.


10-15% of households now produce no food waste.

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