Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Korea Learning 1: SWM Policy, Governance and Financing Structures, and Green Growth


"Exploring the evolution of South Korea's waste management policies and regulations, roles, and responsibilities of central and local government and the private sector in waste management"

Rising through the destruction and turmoil left by the Korean War, the city of Seoul has transformed into a global megalopolis in only 50 years. Seoul underwent several phases to overcome significant urban challenges and become a model smart city full of urban development best practices.

Learn about solid waste management in South Korea, through exploring the evolution of waste management policies and regulations, roles and responsibilities of central and local government and the private sector in waste management, and the financing of solid waste management.

South Korea’s success in reducing waste generation, reducing the amount of waste going to landfills, and the significant increase in waste recycling, is credited to its robust policy and regulatory framework for waste management, which ensures that adequate finance is available for waste management. Key approaches for treating different types of wastes (residential, industrial, construction and demolition, and hazardous) like Expanded Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Volume-Based Waste Fee  (VBWF) are described in this module, with evidence provided on the success of these different approaches for waste treatment, and examples of how the Korean government has used these approaches to manage waste. The Seoul Upcycling Plaza is provided as an example of how recycled materials are being used to create new jobs and sources of income for residents in South Korea.  

Through this Bite+, you will learn:

  1. What is Green Growth?
  2. How did Solid Waste Management of Korea evolve through four phases, from an Era of Waste Cleaning to an Era of Waste-Zero?
  3. What is the process of collection and financing of Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Korea?

The videos are in both English and French Subtitles.

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Course Details

  • Language: English
  • Mode: Journey