As South Korea's economy exploded in the 20th Century, so did the mountains of food wasted. Now Koreans are tackling food waste head-on with a range of public policies, with some outstanding results.
In South Korea separating organic from non-organic waste is required by law. In Seoul special bins weigh each resident's food waste and charges them a small fee. These measures have seen a 10% decrease in the amount of food wasted in the city: more than 300 tonnes per day. And these aren't the only benefits. Seoul resident Sujin has become more conscious of her lifestyle: "It's bad to leave food [and] I also think about my diet". Furthermore, waste is also being transformed into bio-gas: "a mix of methane and other gasses than can be burned for energy".FULL SYNOPSIS