My latest article on Guardian Sustainable Business once again covers the innovation occurring in South Korea to combat food waste. The country is close to implementing RFID-enabled waste bins in which Koreans will be required to dispose food scraps. While Korea has made huge progress on reducing the amount of food wasted by consumers and businesses, diminished landfill space and new regulations are pushing more stringent measures to increase waste diversion efforts.

Some may say that new innovations and systems like those SK Telecom developed to deal with waste treat the symptom rather than the causes, and they may have a point. But economic measures, whether rewarding or punitive in nature, can help change consumer behavior. Education campaigns have their role (such as the 1970s anti-littering public service announcements in the USA), but they take a long time. Technologies like those developed in Korea and processes like closed loop systems can not only complement a change in habits, they can even speed them along.

Read the full article here.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.