Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paying for your Scraps

Ever feel like you are in the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? Due to the amount of food that gets thrown out, 40 million tons of food is wasted in the U.S. a year. Even though you may be an avid recycler in San Antonio shouting “Don’t waste, waste!”, you still have to pay the same amount for garbage collection as your non recycler neighbor who doesn’t. In South Korea, food waste management is now charging businesses and residents for the exact amount of food they throw away. With an aggressive disposal management system, companies must now buy specially labeled garbage bags. So the less you throw away, the less you spend. Bins for the food disposal now read assigned cards to  open the lid to dispose of the food. The bin then reads the weight and displays how much to pay.

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