Living in Korea | How to dispose of Items in Korea with Wonderful
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Korea is pretty strict regarding item disposal. Disposal of large waste such as furniture, electric appliances and some types of construction materials require obtaining disposal stickers from the local dong (district) office. You can visit the office directly or get stickers on-line – both can be a real struggle if you do not speak Korean. Throwing away large items without stickers will result in a fine imposed by the dong office. And if you are in the middle of demolishing your business, and you have a lot of construction and furniture waste, purchasing stickers for items one by one may not even be an option.
Wonderful can assist you with disposing waste – both single items and large quantities, as well as donating items and selling them to pawn shops.
Donating to Charity
Charity organizations in Korea usually either distribute donated items directly to people in need (eg. KUMFA - Korean Unwed Mothers Families Association ) or resell them and donate the proceeds from the sales (eg. Beautiful Stores ). Wonderful can assist you with finding and contacting charity organizations in your area, arranging to pick up items if available or providing directions if you prefer to bring the items by yourself.
We can also assist you with reselling your items to pawn shops. They usually only take furniture and electric appliances and the payment will be small, but it can be a better alternative than paying for disposal stickers.
Private Disposal Service
If you are trying to dispose of large amounts of waste and/or do not want to deal with disposal stickers Wonderful can help you hire a private disposal service. They will come with a truck, pick up the waste and dispose it for you. The dong office requires to be notified when large amounts of waste are being disposed of due to the possible inconvenience it may cause for other residents in the area. We can also assist with contacting the office on your behalf as well.
Finally, if you are trying to dispose of a single item (mattress or fridge etc.), our assistants would be happy to help you get a sticker and schedule a pick up by the local disposal service.
Corporate program is available for companies with expat employees. For more information on this please email us.
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