Do you remember what you threw away today? According to a Ministry of Environment환경부 survey in 2015, the total amount of garbage thrown away in Korea is 51,274 tons per day. Considering the amount that a garbage truck can load is only 5 tons, we can realize that trash is an urgent issue.
Until Oct. 31, the National Folk Museum of Korea will run a special exhibit in collaboration with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in France, known as Junk x User’s Guide.
The exhibit reveals an insight into junk by questioning the garbage problems led by mass production and mass consumption, and suggesting possible solutions to it by recycling. In the gallery, there are miniature landfills, old fashioned mobile phones and computers, and real trash that a family throws away in a week. This exhibits are designed to provoke visitors’ awareness of the waste issue. However, in the neighboring gallery hall, visitors can watch garbage transformed into useful items like bags, lamps, clothes and even artwork. These discarded items are returned to life through the processes of ‘Recycling,’ ‘Re-using,’ and ‘Up-cycling.’
(firstname.lastname@example.org) Staff Reporter
1. How many tons of garbage are thrown away in Korea every day?
2. How much can a garbage truck load?
1. What does the exhibit want to show the people?
2. What can you find in the neighboring gallery hall?