by. Bong Eun Seo
Yeongtong-gu, Soowon-si has come up with a new policy called “Real-name waste disposal system.” When it is passed, residents in Soowon should write the name and the number of the place they live. It was about to come into effect, but the rising voice of people stopped it.
Some people say it is a very effective way to reduce the amount of garbage. According to Soowon-si, the amount of waste made is about 175,501t every year, and it costs about ten billion dollars to incinerate that amount of waste (Euihyeon). Writing real names and address on garbage bags will help reduce the amount of waste generated. Actually there is a good precedent on this system. Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do has already done this project since August 2015. Writing address helped reducing unconscientious disposal of waste, and the total amount of waste descended a lot (Jinho).
On the other hand, there are many people raising voice of concern. Putting name and address on the waste bag can directly lead to disclosure of personal information (Byeongeun). This is a very critical problem for criminals can use them in bad way. Especially Soowon, for big universities like Aju University and Gyeongi University are located there, there are many university students who live alone. They can be easily become the target of crime. Criminals can open the waste bags and find houses where students, especially girls, live alone (Mangdal).
For there are discussions still going on, the real-name waste disposal plan haven’t passed the government yet. We would have to look forward to the end of the controversy a bit more.
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