The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
There has been a lukewarm response from Jeju residents to the adoption of a new food waste disposal system from Jan. 1. Only half of single family households are using the yellow garbage bags to separate, measure and discard food waste, according to a provincial government report. Previously food waste disposal on the island was provided free of charge.
The report stated that the amount of collected food waste has already decreased by 10 metric tons a day. To encourage greater participation in the system, the province plans to offer the special garbage bags as prizes at official events, as well as stepping up official monitoring at disposal sites around the island. — Halla Ilbo.