I want to preface this by saying that I do like the way that...

I want to preface this by saying that I do like the way that Korea manages its garbage. While it may not be aesthetically pleasing to have garbage on the streets, it rarely smells and doesn’t really get in the way. Garbage bags must be purchased at your local supermarket or convenience store. Each district has its own specific bags, and prices depend on the area that you live in.

There are regular garbage bags (sseulaegi bongtu, 쓰레기 봉투) and food disposal bags (eumshikmool sseulaegi bongtu, 음식물 쓰레기 봉투). Food waste cannot include seeds, meat, seafood, or tea bags. Recycling is not only encouraged, it is mandatory. Items should be rinsed out before recycling on their designated days.

Dear Korea #083

Dear Korea #083

Hey all! I hope you’re having a great Monday (especially after a super cold weekend)!

Now, I’m fully aware of the fact that people passing out flyers is a fairly common thing all over the world. I’ve personally never been a fan of this form of advertising, as it just seems to create a lot of unnecessary trash all over the place. I wonder, is there anyone out there that actually likes being handed flyers?

Dear Korea #046 - Too Young For This Stuff

Dear Korea #046

After being raised to treat old people as if they were the most fragile beings in the world, Korea turned out to be a bit of a shock to me. I often have to fight myself to not rush over and carry the ton of trash I see these old men and women dragging around. Yes, I have tried, and I have been dismissed many times.

Kind of makes you wonder what the next generation of Korean elderly will be like? I mean, you see these grandmothers lugging around stacks of boxes on their heads, and then you see girls in their 20′s whining about how heavy their purses are.

If I had to throw down with an old person in Korea, no matter their size, I think I’d have to put my money on them.

Dear Korea #037 - 100% Biodegradable

Dear Korea #037

This seems to be a problem I run into somewhat often. I don’t know if it’s just something that my city deals with, but trash seems to be an ongoing problem all over the country (from what I’ve seen). It kind of bums me out to see that, especially after being told how clean South Korea is.

Now, before I go on any further, I’m not exactly green and/or eco-friendly. I’ve done more than my fair share of littering, and I’m not as conservative as I should be in many situations.

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