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Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Korea Learning 1: SWM Policy, Governance and Financing Structures, and Green Growth

"Exploring the evolution of South Korea's waste management policies and regulations, roles, and responsibilities of central and local government and the private sector in waste management"

Rising through the destruction and turmoil left by the Korean War, the city of Seoul has transformed into a global megalopolis in only 50 years. Seoul underwent several phases to overc... view more

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"What is Green Growth?" (English) - Green Growth Interview with Eun Joo Allison Yi, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank

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"What is Green Growth?" (French Subtitles) - Green Growth Interview with Eun Joo Allison Yi, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank.

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Solid Waste Management (SWM) in South Korea (English): Learn how the SWM of Korea has evolved through four phases, from an Era of Waste Cleaning to an Era of Waste-Zero. 

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Solid Waste Management (SWM) in South Korea (French Subtitles): Learn how SWM of Korea has evolved through four phases, from an Era of Waste Cleaning to an Era of Waste-Zero.

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Financing of Solid Waste Management (English): In the management of residential waste, there are several costs bearing bodies - waste generators, local governments, regional governments, central government, and good producers under the extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme.

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Financing of Solid Waste Management (French Subtitles): In the management of residential waste, there are several costs bearing bodies - waste generators, local governments, regional governments, central government, and good producers under the extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme.

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Green Growth Policy: Lessons from South Korea (Podcast) by Eun Joo Yi, Senior Environmental Specialist, World BankIn this podcast, listeners will hear about Korea's journey in implementing green growth. What were the motivations and challenges? How did they bring the public on board? And, how did they use Green Growth as part of the recovery after the 2008 financial crisis? 

About the Presenters

Eun Joo Allison Yi

Senior Environmental Specialist, Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice, World Bank

Eun Joo is the Senior Environmental Specialist in the Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice of the World Bank, based in Washington DC.  Before taking on the current role, she was a program manager of the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund during when she helped build an innovative, implementation-focused trust fund devoted to supporting World Bank staff and clients to design, plan, and implement green growth initiatives, strategies, and investments for eight years. The trust fund’s focus on operational expertise worked to improve economic and resource efficiency, build greater resilience to extreme weather and natural disasters, and increase competitiveness. Prior to joining the World Bank, Eun Joo consulted for the IFC Advisory Services (WBG) on resource efficiency and clean energy. She also has experience in Norway and Russia working on projects related to international science & technology diplomacy, climate, energy, and the environment.  Her broad global experience ranges from a Norwegian engineering firm, ISTC working with the US EPA and State Department, and Pfizer Inc. She is a US national and received her undergraduate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her graduate degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She received three SD VPU awards as a part team for Urban Growth Scenarios Modelling for Jordan, Enhanced Regional Cooperation and New Tech for Thriving Fisheries, and Innovation to Boost Fisheries Benefits in West Africa.  Eun Joo has contributed to a range of publications, most recently on the potential implications of resource scarcity and climate change on conflict, migration, and trade in 2025 and Korea’s Green Growth 2.0.

Keeyoung Yoo

Vice President, The Seoul Institute

Mr. Keeyoung Yoo is the Vice President of the Seoul Institute. His research activities cover setting comprehensive waste management plans and establishing basic plans on various infrastructures including transfer stations, MRFs, WTE facilities, and landfills. As a researcher, Mr. Yoo has made various presentations on the research outcomes in annual international academic meetings and recently joined the Knowledge Sharing Program for officials and specialists from developing nations. Mr. Yoo obtained a Ph.D. in Municipal Waste Management and Treatment from the University of Seoul in 1996.