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Step by step resource circulation and waste management in S. Korea Updated: 2021-05-06 07:01:01 KST

In the back street of local community center in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do Province… a recycling center opens once twice a week.
It's called a "Resources Circulation Store" where local residents don't throw away their daily waste such as plastic bottles but instead, recycle them for something in return.

"By simply recycling your trash you get points on your app which you can exchange for Seongnam’s own local currency."

Around 5-thousand plastic bottles are collected at this center every single day along with other waste items. from glass bottles to old batteries.

"I randomly stopped by this center one day. I began collecting items because I could get some money in my pocket, keep the neighborhood clean, and also protect our environment. I've been doing this for about a month now."

The amount of plastic waste in the nation increases every year.
But, the number of businesses that manage resource circulation is also growing.
In 2019 there were more than 20-thousand circulation businesses registered in South Korea.

But one local business does things a little bit differently turning waste into something more useful.
It takes used lipsticks which have been donated, sorts them by color and then melts them down to create crayons.
Expert say efforts to keep recycling can help reduce carbon emissions.
Key for the nation's goal of carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

"When it comes to carbon neutrality, the most important thing is to stop using depleted resources like fossil fuels. Instead if we utilize this recyclable waste, we can save our resources while also managing levels of waste."

As it is a major issue, the South Korean government plans to reduce the amount of plastic waste by 20 percent by the year of 2025.
It also plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over the next ten years.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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