Viral Busan Trash Photos Sign Of South Korea’s Larger Waste Disposal Problems

Viral images of a trash covered beachfront park in Busan demonstrate South Korea’s ongoing problems surrounding litter & trash disposal in public areas. Korea FM’s Chance Dorland spoke with Busan Haps web editor-in-chief Jeff Liebsch & longtime Busan resident John Bocskay about the recent 4 day holiday that left the city’s Subyun Park covered in trash.

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  1. One idea the cities could do is set up dumpsters and extra garbage bags in high-traffic areas and public parks so people can dispose of their garbage instead of leaving it all over the park.

    Another idea would be to better mark garbage disposal places so people can know where to take their garbage at a public place. It’s difficult to find a garbage can in the park sometimes, and I doubt that’s an oversight.

  2. Here’s a concept: fucking bins. You’re gonna pay the elderly to clean up the trash anyway. Why don’t you make it easier on them, and make them just change out trash bags from garbage bins? The issue is the government has allowed trash pick up and bins to be a privatized industry, so the local government isn’t responsible for trash disposal in public areas. It’s ass-backwards. Just fuck the bullshit and get bins, Korea. Goddamn. Japan, you too.

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