Blog post D. Alternative system

Alternative system for unit in the city

From blog post C, the organic waste management in my unit that I investigated needed to refine and improve. City of Sydney (2013) states that the house in the city has a general, recycling bin and an optional service for garden organics. The house would have space to compost their food waste. Whereas, the unit in the city has only two types of bins: a general and a mixed recycling bin. Besides, it does not normally have the backyard like the house to use composting method. Thus, I am going to propose the alternative system for unit in the city rather than house in the city.

My proposal is called ‘pay as you trash’ management in South Korea. South Korea government introduced a volume-based food waste fee system in 2010 (Asia Today 2013). The old waste management was that the resident paid same flat rate for disposal; thus, they would throw their food waste away without any thinking (Borowiec, Gumbel & Orange 2014). However, after operating pay-by-weight food waste management, it brought about over 20 percentage of food waste reduction (Asia Today 2013). Therefore, I believe that this management is most appropriate to the unit in the city to operate. Besides, this system requires placing only the separate food waste bin, so we do not need huge space to use this management.


Sk Telecom, Korea’s Largest Wireless Carrier, has designed RFID food waste bins with equipment that will weigh food waste to the nearest gram. Photo by Kim Gyong Ho /

The machine in the picture is RFID (Radio frequency identification) food waste bin. Asia today describes the instruction is

When users tap a card with their personal RFID tag over a reader on a specially designed food waste recycling bin, the bin’s lid will automatically open. Waste discarded into the bin is then automatically weighed and recorded under the user’s account. The user is billed monthly based on the total weight of dumped food waste for the said month (2013, Para. 18).

This charging system might be drastic management to people; however, it might be the most effective way that makes people reduce their food waste. If the current waste management changes to ‘pay as you trash’ management in our unit, the residents would start to pay more attention to how much food waste they produce and try to reduce food waste as much as they can do. In addition to, they might research about the methods, which helps to reduce their food waste by themselves. This means that pay-by-weight food waste management is not only for reduction food waste, also for aiming at raising awareness on food waste (Innovations seeds, n.d.).

Hyunjoung You (Lia), 11550656


Asia Today, 2013, ‘South Korea’s Food Waste Solution: You Waste, You Pay’, viewed 12 June 2016, <;

Borowiec, S., Gumbel, A. & Orange, R., 2014, ‘Food waste around the world’, the guardian, viewed 13 June 2016, <;

City of Sydney, 2013, Collection days and bins, viewed 11 June 2016, <;

Innovations seeds, n.d., South Korea’s Food Waste Reduction Policies, viewed 13 June 2016, <;

Mazzoni, M., 2013, South Korea Begins Charging Residents for Food Waste, viewed 13 June 2016, <;


2 thoughts on “Blog post D. Alternative system”

  1. I think this is a really interesting idea, in making people pay for their waste, I think It would really create a talking point amongst society that could lead to a behaviour change in how people managing their waste.


  2. Although there seems to be positive results surround this practice, I’m not sure how a system like this would integrate into Australian society.

    I believe, (presently) attitudes surrounding organic waste in Australia are too varied. Introducing a system that promotes charging individuals to dump their waste could stir mixed a response. Despite working to visualise organic waste, providing immediate feedback to users’, I feel we are not ready for such a system.

    Perhaps a similar system could work, using funds collected from taxes. Less direct than charging on the spot fees, the money could be used to integrate management systems on a larger scale.

    Japan have introduced laws surround waste practice. It seems to be yielding similar results. I feel political intervention could force communities to manage waste responsibly.

    I have linked to an article detailing Japanese waste practices. The article explores a range of campaigns regarding waste management.

    – TK

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