SK Telecom, headquartered in South Korea, has designed an RFID disposal management system that will encourage citizens to recycle and reduce the amount of daily food waste, according to Earth911.com.
The person taps the bin where there is a reader waiting to read an RFID-enabled card. The lid opens, and the person can throw out their unwanted leftovers. The bin then weighs the food waste and informs the person of the subsequent fee, which will be processed for payment on a linked credit card.
The Korean government has estimated the 50 million Koreans will create up to 170,000 tons of food waste daily, or about 350 grams per person per day. The annual disposal cost for food waste in Korea is more than $600 million a year and rising.
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