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Korean Recycling

July 30, 2008

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One of the great things about Korea is that it is very clean. The subways are immaculate. There is no garbage on them nor is there anyone eating while riding. The streets barely have any garbage; nothing noticable at least. And the recycling system – for all you environmentalists – is as rigorous as algebra. There are five different containers for us to drop our recycling in (all of which we have to sort out ourselves, three additional boxes on the side for papers and cardboard, a garbagebox a few steps away, and a compost a few steps away from that. The best part about it is the man at the end of the arrow in the picture above; he’s watching you as you sort, and if you get anything wrong he flags you down and tells you where to put your recyclables, so you can’t just dump your stuff in one container and run. Not that we’d ever do that. We’re good, honest people, after all.

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  1. Hi! Could you do a TLDR on recycling in Korea Vs. Canada? I live in Portugal and recycling bins for paper, glass, metal, plastic and small batteries can be found at a walking distance from most homes. Even in really small towns you’ll be able to find one or more of those big bins. I must say, they usually don’t look nearly as clean as the Korean ones! We are also encouraged to put food oils apart and take them in bottles to recycling places or to gather old medicines, x-rays and beauty products and hand them at the pharmacies for a better disposal. Kids in school are also sort of “brainwashed” about the importance of separating trash. I have friends from Tennessee living in my city and they say recycling in their state is not easy, because the recycling centers are like 9 miles away from civilazation. How has your Korean experience been compared to your Canadian one? How are envorimental issues addressed and discussed in Korea? Thanks and I’m sorry if this is an extremely boring topic to talk about!

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