Seoul plans to increase the number of trash cans to 5,500 by the end of 2023. This will be followed by an expansion to 6500 bins in 2024 and 7500 bins in 2025. The new bins will be installed in high-traffic areas such as Gwanghwamun, Gangnam’s Teheran road, and Yeouido, as well as near bus stops.
The number of trash cans in Seoul has decreased every year since the introduction of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) in January 1995. The PAYT system charges people based on the amount of trash they throw away, and ward offices gradually removed trash cans as people began throwing trash in public bins.
More and more citizens in Seoul have been complaining that they have nowhere to throw their trash on the streets. In a survey conducted by Seoul in 2021, 73.3% of respondents said that there were “fewer trash cans.”