Garbage Disposal

How to Dispose of Large Items in Korea

Waste regulations are very strict in Korea. Plastic, glass, metal, food waste, and basic garbage are all sorted into separate bags. Clothes and shoes are left in specialized clothing boxes distributed throughout residential areas. But, how do you dispose of bulky objects such as tables, chairs, cushions, and broken electronic appliances?

Option 1: Online Flee Market

You can resell or give away your valuable items on second-hand apps like Karrot Market.

***Advantage: No fees, can make money

***Disadvantage: Takes transaction time

These are two of the apps I’ve used, the way to post is very convenient. Just register => login => take pictures, write content => post.

I used to sell and give away unwanted items for free on this site. Selling takes a bit of time as customers like to bargain and trade. But, if you put items up for free, they are very quick to be claimed. People will come to your house to get it, so you don’t have to worry about throwing out your large items. I highly recommend this when you are moving or need to clean the house in a rush.

Option 2: Registration for Disposal

Unfortunately, there is not one single way to dispose of large items in Korea. Each district has its own trash system with different methods and prices for throwing away large items. However, you can start by looking on the website for the district where you live.

***Advantage: Convenient, just leave it at the door, and someone will come to pick it up (at least where I live).

***Cons: It may be expensive

Step 1: Search for your district, followed by “대형폐기물 배출” on Naver or Google.

Example: For example, I live in Dongdaemun district, I searched “동대문구 대형폐기물 배출” and the results led me to this website (English service available).

Step 2: Click the button to register to dispose of bulk items. This step will require entering personal information such as your address, phone number, and the date you want them to come to collect the items.

Step 3: Select the type of waste you want to dispose of (household appliances, electronics, kitchenware, office furniture, etc). You need to choose the right type of waste to pay the correct amount. For example, if I throw away 1 broken chair (single person seat), the price is 2,000 won.

Step 4: Upload a photo of the item you want to be recovered, and pay via card or online payment app.

Step 5: Print the invoice and stick it on the object. Then, leave it outside your door. If you don’t have a printer, just write the recall code on a piece of paper and stick it on the object.

Need some information on how to dispose of basic trash in Korea? Click Here to read about the correct way to sort trash in Korea.

🇻🇳 Wendy

I am not old but for some reasons, i feel old. Twenty two but hard-working :)