A study on the trend of domestic waste generation and the recognition of recycling priorities in Korea

Seok Ho Jung, Mee Hye Lee, Seong Ho Lee, Ji Whan Ahn

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In September 2015, the United Nations included ‘sustainable consumption and production’ as part of its 12th goal of sustainable development. The EU announced its Circular Economic Package in December 2015 to move from the existing linear economic structure to the net environmental system. Recycling of household waste has become more significant as a circular economic policy has been implemented to reflow waste into the economy through recycling worldwide. In this study, Korea’s household waste generation for 20 years from 1998 to 2017 was analyzed through statistical techniques. Waste generation tended to increase in the order of plastics and cans, and papers tended to decrease. The amount of bottle wastes has been on the decline after increasing. A questionnaire survey on recycling priority was conducted on 261 people, including participants in the EARTH-2019 recycling experience hall, using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) technique. According to the survey, the recycling priorities of six types of household waste are (first) plastic, (second) cans, viny, scrap metals, (third) paper, and (fourth) bottles. Statistical analysis of mid- to long-term household waste generation and AHP-based household waste recycling priority survey results can be used as basic data, such as environmental analysis in Korea’s recycling-related policies and research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1732
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Strategic Project‐Carbon Mineralization Flag‐ ship Center of the National Reaseach Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), the Ministry of Environment (ME) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) 2019M3D8A2112963.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • AHP
  • Circular economy
  • Household waste
  • Household waste recycling priority survey
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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