Can Swipe Cards Help Reduce Food Waste?
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.