Categories of Wastes

General Waste

General wastes refer to wastes exclusive of food, reusable and large wastes (such as furniture). General wastes must be disposed of in your district’s standard plastic garbage bags, which are available in various sizes at local supermarkets. Once bags are full, a knot should be tied in a cross (†) shape.

Food Waste

Any wastes that can be fed to animals are considered as food wastes. As such, food wastes do not include such materials as bones, shells and toxic wastes. Food wastes can be disposed of in designated food waste bins located outside your residence or through the automatic waste disposable inlet. The standard bags for food waste should be used if required.

Refer to the chart below for additional materials that should not be disposed of as food wastes.

Classi?cation Materials not considered food wastes
Fruits Hard shells such as those of walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts, acorns, coconuts, coconut palms and pineapples
Pits and seeds of drupes such as peaches, apricots and persimmons
Meats Bones and feathers
Seafood Shells of clams, turban shells, abalones, ark shells, sea squirts, oysters, craw?sh and lobsters
The internal organs of puffer ?sh
Others Tea bags, grounds of herbal medicine

* Depending on the residence where you live in, taking out the garbage may be only allowed on a specified day of the week. Please ask for the details to the managing office of each residence.

Information on the Standard Plastic Garbage Bag

Type(Amount) Size Note(Color)
General waste 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 L White
Food waste 3, 5, 10 L Light Pink

Standard plastic garbage bags can be bought in any convenience stores and supermarkets around the district where you live in

Recyclable Materials

Separate waste by type and place in designated spots at your residence.

Category Recyclable Items How to Recycle Non-Recyclable Items
Paper newspapers, paper, cardboard
  • keep items free of water
plastic-coated paper items
  • organize items into stacks 30-centimeters high, tie stacks with string and dispose
books, notebooks, wrapping paper, shopping bags, calendars
  • remove wire springs from notebooks
milk cartons, drink cartons, paper cups
  • empty out cartons and rinse with water
  • crush and place in paper bag, place ?ve to six inside a different carton, or ?atten out and dry then dispose
paper and cardboard boxes
  • remove tape, staples and other miscellaneous items from boxes, then ?atted to dispose
Glass beer bottles, liquor bottles, soda bottles
  • remove plastic or aluminum bottle caps
  • do not dispose of cigarette butts and other foreign materials inside bottles
  • empty contents and wash out with water
  • group bottles by color (clear, green, brown)
  • beer, soju and soda bottles can be returned to the supermarket they were purchased at for a bottle deposit refund
sheet glass, mirrors, heat-resistant dishes, milky white bottles, cosmetic bottles and china dishes
Metals beverage cans, aluminum cans
  • remove plastic or aluminum can tops
  • do not dispose of cigarette butts and other foreign materials inside cans
  • empty contents and wash out with water
  • in the case of spray and butane cans, poke a hole in the can to dispose of contents
paint containers, oil containers, or other containers of toxic materials, notebook wire springs
spray cans, butane gas cans
iron tools, iron wires, stainless steel dishes
  • dispose in a bag or tied with other items made with the same metals
  • if other materials such as plastics are mixed in with the metals, items cannot be disposed of as metals
Plastics items marked “PET,
(as in HDPE and LDPE)”
  • empty the contents of the item, remove materials of other substances, and crush to dispose
writing instruments, buttons, sockets, electric heaters, toys, baby walkers, phones and disposable cameras
Styrofoam shock-absorbing materials for electronic products, boxes used to transport fruits or ? sh, clean instant noodle containers
  • clean off foreign materials then dispose
disposable dishes, styrofoam that has been coated with other materials, styrofoam that is severely soiled by food wastes and other materials
  • return shock-absorbing materials to manufacturer
Fluorescent Lamps intact ?uorescent lamps, light bulbs broken lamps or bulbs
Plastic Bags clean plastic bags instant noodle wrappers and dirty plastic bags
  • discharge at designated spots located at your residence or each district (-dong) of?ce

Clothing and Bedding

Clothing, bedding and other fabric-based items are generally collected in separate collection bins. Bedding must be packaged so as to prevent damage from moisture and must be tied up in a stack 30-centimeters high. However, individuals disposing of clothing and bedding are encouraged to donate and recycle whatever items they can before disposing items. For example, certain areas will have donation bins located on the street. Re-usable clothing, handbags and even electronic goods and dishes can be donated to thrift markets such as the Beautiful Store, which has many branches in the Incheon region, including at the Incheon Bus Terminal.

Large Wastes

This category generally refers to wastes that are too large to ?t into standard garbage bags. Such items include but are not limited to home and of?ce furniture, large electronics, and heating and cooling products. To dispose of large wastes, you must report the items for disposal to the district (-dong) of?ce, pay the relevant fees (levied based on the size and weight of waste matter), place designated stickers upon the items, and dispose of them on a designated day for large waste disposal if required. In case with large items and household items that cannot be thrown away in the standard disposable garbage bag, visit the Songdo-1 dong Community Center (tel: 032-749-6500) or Songdo-2 dong Community Center (tel: 032-749-6550) for fee payment and designated stickers. If the large items you are about to dispose are in good condition and working well, you can also choose to contact recycling center to get them reused properly.