May 11, 2016

In order to reduce food waste, South Korea using RFID and bar code paid out the garbage

To control more and more serious problem of food waste, the south Korean government to implement a special action – rubbish “paid”.Residents need to food residue separated from the rest of the trash, and pour in a special trash can.To open the trash can, they need to be paid by weight.
Today, the south Korean government used three methods, to charge food waste. One is radio frequency identification (RFID) card.Residents use card to open the special trash can, garbage into it.System automatically weighing and record in the user’s account.The user needs to monthly payment.Each RFID trash can cost 1.7 million won (9500 yuan), to support 60 families.
The second is prepaid garbage bags.These special garbage bags according to the volume pricing.For example: in Seoul, a 10 litres of garbage bags can cost as much as 190 won (1 yuan).
The third is bar code management system. Residents can directly to the food garbage into the trash can, and buy trash on the barcode sticker.
In South Korea, almost every village have installed one of the payment system. Actually before launch “weight charge” system, South Korea has been in charge of food waste charge by each apartment residents stand. The new system is very fair and can make people feel the pressure of waste food. This method is very effective, because of concerns that garbage fee is too high, some residents began to take various measures, in order to avoid food waste. Besides, awareness of food waste is enhanced.
In addition, restaurant and other food industry is also a positive response, to find ways to reduce the amount of garbage bills “weight charge”.They use the machine processing food, convert food waste into dry powder can be used for fertilizer. Some restaurants will also be leftovers donated to the poor, so as to reduce the number of food waste.
According to the official statistics, South Korea’s food waste account for 28% of the waste volume. Of these, 30% are leftovers, 30% is not just throw away food.In the small restaurant leftovers accounted for 68% of all food waste.The government to spend 800 billion won every year (RMB 4.48 billion) deal with this kind of rubbish.Through such efforts, the south Korean government success reducing food waste from 5.1 million tons in 2008 to 4.82 million tons in 2014.

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