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Title: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JVPrice on May 08, 2018, 07:37:54 AM
It was hard enough figuring out that you need to dispose of your food in a bucket and then mark it with a sticker (my co-teacher explained that poorly). But now I finally figure it all out and the garbage men (or possibly some strange person) have taken my bucket. Is this normal? I don't want to keep buying new buckets if this isn't the case.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JVPrice on May 08, 2018, 07:47:52 AM
It was hard enough figuring out that you need to dispose of your food in a bucket and then mark it with a sticker (my co-teacher explained that poorly). But now I finally figure it all out and the garbage men (or possibly some strange person) have taken my bucket. Is this normal? I don't want to keep buying new buckets if this isn't the case.

I'm not sure how it works wherever you live, but here in Seoul, you just buy a special bag for food waste disposables and put that where all the other people put theirs in your villa / officetel / apartment. The bags are called 음식물 쓰레기봉투 and you can buy them at grocery or convenience stores. I've never heard of having to use a bucket, but it might be possible in some other regions? But more likely you just need to go get the right bags.

If it's the the pink bags, we use those as well. As I said, it wasn't explained very well to me, only that food waste should be put in the bucket, and other waste should be either recycled or put in the regular pink bags.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: CO2 on May 08, 2018, 07:51:15 AM
I have mucicipal bags and put them with the other shit outside my building. Door ajeossi says no food bags.

So........ what now? It's a municipal food waste bag that I bought! Put it out there anyway at midnight? WTF
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: OnNut81 on May 08, 2018, 07:54:07 AM
I've seen the buckets outside of villas but I don't think they're supposed to be taken.  Just emptied and left for the person to retrieve.  Maybe yours just got swiped.  At an apartment it's easy in that they just have a food bin to dump it all in.  You can use any bag and there is a separate bin for the food bags.  As it warms up it can get especially ripe and catching a waft of days old heated up kimchi can catch the back of your throat. 
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: sojuadventurer on May 08, 2018, 09:59:52 AM
I have one. First of all, you should have your building number and apartment number written on it. If you don't, someone probably swiped it. Also, you have to buy special chips/tags from the local convenience store or market. When you close the bucket, you insert the chip/tag near the latch on the bucket. The chips are how you pay for them taking the food waste.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: tanis62458 on May 08, 2018, 10:16:17 AM
 >:( someone stole your bucket.  sojuadventurer posted a pretty accurate description.  building and apartment number needs to be on it.  even then, you'll still get that asshole who doesn't care and will steal it.  i just go with the food bags now and drop it off in the big bin they have on the street for food.   
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: sojuadventurer on May 08, 2018, 10:27:47 AM
I seriously hate the buckets.... Unfortunately though, they don't have any food waste bin areas in my 'hood. So I'm forced to use the bucket. I typically freeze my food waste in a plastic bag in my freezer, throw the plastic bag into the food waste buckets, and that way I can avoid having some rank, stanky bucket which requires constant cleaning. I miss my food waste bags.... :'(
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: oglop on May 08, 2018, 10:41:53 AM
i'm confused about why you guys can't use those food waste bags? is this a new thing?
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JVPrice on May 08, 2018, 10:57:43 AM
i'm confused about why you guys can't use those food waste bags? is this a new thing?

I'm new so to my knowledge, no.

There is a poster at the front of my building that has the rules regarding the bucket in Korean, with a date at the top saying "Starting from 2017.01.01"
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: sojuadventurer on May 08, 2018, 10:59:40 AM
i'm confused about why you guys can't use those food waste bags? is this a new thing?

I just moved to this apartment in August, and I was told that I was required to use the bucket. It's my first place where this was a requirement.... so, no idea.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: oglop on May 08, 2018, 11:01:27 AM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: sojuadventurer on May 08, 2018, 11:20:18 AM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?

Mine is a bucket with a strainer bucket inside (so all liquid goes to the bottom). As I said, I would imagine it gets smelly.... but mine doesn't, because--instead of using it the intended way--I freeze my food garbage in a plastic bag in the freezer, and then I just put that plastic bag into my food garbage bucket when I take it out. They just take the plastic bag, and I don't have to clean the bucket that way. Otherwise, I imagine it gets very smelly.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JVPrice on May 08, 2018, 11:31:36 AM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?

Mine is a bucket with a strainer bucket inside (so all liquid goes to the bottom). As I said, I would imagine it gets smelly.... but mine doesn't, because--instead of using it the intended way--I freeze my food garbage in a plastic bag in the freezer, and then I just put that plastic bag into my food garbage bucket when I take it out. They just take the plastic bag, and I don't have to clean the bucket that way. Otherwise, I imagine it gets very smelly.

@oglop It's bucket with a lid (that doesn't secure tightly on its own).

@sojuadventurer They threw away the strainer on mine the first time I put the bucket out. Guess it was only a matter of time before they decided to take the whole thing
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on May 08, 2018, 11:36:47 AM
Just throw your food waste where it belongs, the same place as your motor oil- In the cheap showiness of nature.

In all seriousness, nature isn't the worst of options. We are talking biodegradable organic matter here.

Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: oglop on May 08, 2018, 11:38:36 AM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?

Mine is a bucket with a strainer bucket inside (so all liquid goes to the bottom). As I said, I would imagine it gets smelly.... but mine doesn't, because--instead of using it the intended way--I freeze my food garbage in a plastic bag in the freezer, and then I just put that plastic bag into my food garbage bucket when I take it out. They just take the plastic bag, and I don't have to clean the bucket that way. Otherwise, I imagine it gets very smelly.
well, yeah, this is what i do too. but i was confused when CO2's security guard said 'no bags'
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: CO2 on May 08, 2018, 11:42:50 AM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?

Mine is a bucket with a strainer bucket inside (so all liquid goes to the bottom). As I said, I would imagine it gets smelly.... but mine doesn't, because--instead of using it the intended way--I freeze my food garbage in a plastic bag in the freezer, and then I just put that plastic bag into my food garbage bucket when I take it out. They just take the plastic bag, and I don't have to clean the bucket that way. Otherwise, I imagine it gets very smelly.
well, yeah, this is what i do too. but i was confused when CO2's security guard said 'no bags'

Recycling? Fine. City approved garbage bags? Fine. NO FOOD WASTE
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: StillInKorea on May 08, 2018, 01:06:16 PM
so a bucket... with loose food waste? doesn't that reek in the summer?

Mine is a bucket with a strainer bucket inside (so all liquid goes to the bottom). As I said, I would imagine it gets smelly.... but mine doesn't, because--instead of using it the intended way--I freeze my food garbage in a plastic bag in the freezer, and then I just put that plastic bag into my food garbage bucket when I take it out. They just take the plastic bag, and I don't have to clean the bucket that way. Otherwise, I imagine it gets very smelly.
well, yeah, this is what i do too. but i was confused when CO2's security guard said 'no bags'

Recycling? Fine. City approved garbage bags? Fine. NO FOOD WASTE

Koreans don't really have food waste, just many different kinds of kimchi.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JahMoo on May 08, 2018, 01:21:35 PM
I flush my food waste down the toilet. Anything that is actually food waste is flushable. Other things like bones, eggshells, etc are not really considered food waste anyway so you can just trash those.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: JNM on May 08, 2018, 04:20:44 PM
I flush my food waste down the toilet. Anything that is actually food waste is flushable. Other things like bones, eggshells, etc are not really considered food waste anyway so you can just trash those.

No.

As an engineer, I must ask you to stop this.

Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: MayorHaggar on May 08, 2018, 08:11:52 PM
I gave up on trying to figure out dumb Korean garbage rules a long time ago. Solution below.

I don't know how but Korean food garbage REEKS, it has a shelf life of like 5 minutes. I used to throw away all kinds of food in the garbage in the US and it would not smell so bad even after several days.


Anyeay what I did was get a little sealed up container at Emart, they had a few to choose from. I'd put a 10L city garbage bag in it. I'd put food waste in it and then when it was full I'd just take out the bag and either put it out on the street with the rest of the garbage or put it inside a 50L bag that I'd use for the rest of my household trash. This worked, the sealed garbage container kept the food trash from smelling too much and I didn't have to worry about losing or retrieving the little Korean can thing.

Anyone who freezes their garbage is silly. My freezer was always full of frozen food from Costco anyway.
Title: Re: Food Bucket Rules??
Post by: Lazio on May 09, 2018, 11:41:34 AM
I'd put a 10L city garbage bag in it. I'd put food waste in it and then when it was full I'd just take out the bag and either put it out on the street with the rest of the garbage or put it inside a 50L bag that I'd use for the rest of my household trash.

How big is your household? How long does it take to fill a 50L garbage bag? Our family of 3 fills a 10L bag in about a week. Don't tell me you are silly enough to put plastic bottles, cans and whatnot into your general garbage bag?!