04 Jan '12, 2pm

Fact: 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted. What if you had to pay for all that?

Fact: 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted. What if you had to pay for all that?

About 40 percent of food is wasted in the U.S. But what would happen to that number if we were forced to pay for every pound we threw away? Leon Kaye travels to South Korea where tossing food hits means emptying your wallet. SK Telecom, Korea’s largest wireless carrier, has designed food waste bins with equipment that will weigh food waste to the nearest gram. Photo: Leon Kaye Are you an avid recycler and a composting fiend who feels burned that you’re still paying the same garbage collection rate as your non-recycling neighbors? Korea has had a pay-as-you-go system for years, and will soon implement an aggressive disposal management system that will charge businesses and residents for the exact amount of food waste they throw away. Estimates suggest that as much as 40 percent of food in the United States and United Kingdom is wasted. The reasons are all over the map: larg...

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