"Look at this trash!" While walking home, the Post saw that the garbage can at Haklim Hall was too full and the trash was thrown in randomly. The garbage can be divided into recycle and other, but most of Donggukians don't separate the trash. Then, where does the trash go? The Post decided to follow the trash to see what happens to it.
Process of Disposal
The trash which is thrown into trash cans at Dongguk University (DGU) is transferred to garbage dumps located at the soccer field next to DGU. The trash is divided into burnable garbage, non-burnable garbage, hazardous waste, and recyclable items. Then, the recyclable items are moved into the Waste Recycling Center which is under the Sosomun Park in Jung-Gu.
"Is the Recycling Center under the park?" a student asked in surprise. Not many people know that the three-story underground facility is operated under the park ground. Recyclable items are divided into cans, bottles, PET bottles and used paper by hand at this place. The recyclable items are stored for other uses. Waste is measured, and then the waste is prepared for compression. Final part of the process compressedcarries away the waste. The entire process involves more workforce than you would expect.
<Situation of DGU>
DGU's garbage cans are divided into two groups; recyclable waste and other garbage, but most students throw the other garbage in the recyclable waste. Why don't DGU students separate the garbage? "If garbage can were divided by sections, I could consciously separate a garbage," said a student.
The Post found out what the problem was and now DGU's garbage cans are marked as recycle and non-recycle but the actual container is still not sectioned. DGU needs to install dividers in the containers.
Also, students do not recognize that they are not separating the trash and many students don't care. If students are not interested in separating garbage, this system simply will not work. Most students misunderstand recycling items as garbage and need to be aware what recyclable items are.
<University conducts trial for Garbage separation>
Kangwon University (KNU)
KNU checked the effect of separating garbage for one month; from August to September in 2006, and obtained excellent results; they reduced the amount of trash and the expense of waste disposal. KNU reduced the amount of trash from 115 ton to 98 ton; about 17ton - disposal truck of 2.5ton 9 - and cut down the service expenses from 3.8milion won to 3.2milion Won; about 0.6milion Won, over the course of one month.
"KNU's cleaned their campus and effectly service expenses by separating garbage," Hong Bo-ram, a KNU student, said. “I am always going to separate trash to keep the campus clean," she added. Ham gi-wan who has took charge of environment control in KNU said "I think that the number of students recycling increased after the project."
The General Student Council of KNU planned a public relations campaign for separating trash collection.
Tips for Separating Trash
Please rinse out plastic bottles for drinks, alcohol and soy sauce and remove caps and labels, and glass bottles should be separated into glass bottle and aluminum cap
Please dispose of photographs and waterproof paper with the "Plastics." Paper plates and cups are categorized as "Combustible Garbage."
Please separate toxic waste such as batteries, mercury thermometers, spray cans, disposable lighters etc. from other garbage and place them at the side of the garbage container.
Please dispose of old fabrics; mats, sheets, cushions, etc. with "Combustible Garbage."
Please don't mix Food Garbage and Combustible Garbage. Boiled fish, a vegetable dish, and a meat dish are categorized as "food garbage", but a fish bone, dispose of an eggshell, the husk of maize and the coat of onion are categorized as "Combustible Garbage."
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