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Resource Recycling 2030 for Carbon Neutrality 2050
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Innovative improvement of the collection system and treatment methods (discharging recyclable waste by type and day; expanding recycling centers)


In order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 and zero direct landfill in 2030, Daegu Metropolitan City will dramatically improve the current recycling system and reflect the changed policy conditions to implement the “Resource Recycling 2030” roadmap, which contains improved measures from recyclable waste generation to disposal.


The consumption of disposable products is rapidly increasing* due to the expansion of non-face-to-face consumption through parcel and food delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social trends for environmental conservation is growing as well. Shying away from the existing policy on sorting and selecting recyclable waste, Daegu plans to implement this roadmap to transform its economy into a sustainable circular economy through ten policy projects in three areas with a total project cost of KRW 94.97 billion.

*Amount of recyclable waste brought into recyclable waste sorting centers: 86,216 tons in 2018; 92,921 tons in 2019 (7.7 percent increase compared to the previous year); 94,437 tons in 2020 (1.6 percent increase compared to the previous year)


Once these projects are successfully carried out, Daegu’s waste recycling rate, which was 73 percent in 2019, will reach 80 percent in 2026, when the eighth publicly elected government ends, and 90 percent in 2030.




The Resource Recycling 2030 Roadmap by area includes:



Task 1) Dramatically improving the recyclable waste collection and treatment methods

From 2022, Daegu will implement a system for houses and commercial buildings to discharge certain types of recyclables on designated days to improve the recycling rate. All recyclables were discharged together on the same days until now, but starting this year transparent plastic bottles and waste plastics are to be discharged on designated days, while other items will be discharged on other days.


After implementing the system and verifying its effectiveness, the city will gradually subdivide the recyclables to be discharged, and in 2030, it plans to maximize the recycling rate by separating and discharging all recyclables on designated days. (A total of KRW 25.6 billion will be spent on increasing the number of recyclable collection days from three to six days a week.)


Daegu will also expand the recycling collection centers (Neighborhood Recycling Yards) to improve the discharge environment for houses and one-room apartments, which lack places to discharge recyclables. Currently, 25 locations are in operation, and four additional locations will be created in 2022 (KRW 80 million). By 2030, a total of KRW 1.3 billion will be spent on increasing the number of collection centers to 200.


One recycling center* will be opened in Jung-gu in 2022, and more centers will be installed in different areas in the future. The recycling centers are used as venues for exchanging and selling large-scale waste and used goods, as well as for providing training and education on resource recycling.

*(Address) 77, Taepyeong-ro 51-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City / (Total area) Site: 326.4 m²; gross floor area: 658.8 m² (five aboveground stories)


By 2030, a total of 54.9 billion won will be invested to expand the public recycling facilities. Daegu will aim to install public recycling centers in Jung-gu and Dalseo-gu, which do not have public recycling centers, by 2026, and in Seo-gu by 2030. The expansion of the public recycling center in Dalseong-gun will be completed by 2025.


Task 2) Creating a Recycling Promotion Fund and Fostering the Recycling and Upcycling Industry

To foster the recycling industry, Daegu will also spend a total of KRW 5 billion over the course of five years, KRW 1 billion every year from 2023, to create the recycling promotion fund. It is difficult to form an autonomous market in the recycling industry due to low competitiveness and poor business environment.


In order to foster the stagnant recycling industry and the upcycle sector, Daegu will invest a total of KRW 4 billion by 2030 at an annual rate of KRW 500 million through subsidies and loans. Once the industry is revived, a circular economic system will be established and an increased number of green jobs is expected to be created.


Task 3) Identifying the Daegu-style Zero Waste Resource Circulation Model

Starting in April 2021, eight counties and districts in Daegu, as well as government institutions and industrial complexes have been partaking in the initiative to reduce the use of disposable products including paper cups.


Going forward, Daegu aims to discourage the use of disposable products in local festivals and events, night markets, and the café in the city hall to achieve “zero” use of disposable products in the public sector by 2026.


In the private sector, the city plans to reduce the amount of disposable products used by 10 percent per year by creating a consumption culture without disposable products together with citizens, experts, and businesses.


Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin remarked, “The Resource Recycling 2030 Roadmap will be promoted as an action plan prepared to achieve carbon neutrality and to prepare for zero direct landfilling of household waste. We will strive to fundamentally reduce domestic waste and bring about the sustainable circular economy through a variety of policy and support for recycling.”

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