Project Merit: Waste Management

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Korea Environment Corporation (Keco; Incheon, Republic of Korea) for its work supporting the South Korean government’s efforts to reduce the generation of food waste. In order to promote the voluntary reduction of food wastes, the government adopted a volume-based food-waste fee system under which it charges waste treatment fees based on volume. To support this program, Keco developed and deployed an information management system using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to provide accurate measurement of food waste by weight. The collection, use, and disclosure of this information serve as critical preconditions for the efficient operation of the fee system. It advances the national food-waste volume-reduction policy by enabling the collection of discharge data in real time, the management of collection and fee data, and the management of statistical data.