Hand placing a plastic bottle into a blue and green recycling bin.

Saving the planet
one carton
at a time

Our company
culture
is helping
the Earth

Empty, clean
Close-up of person wearing flannel shirt and carrying multiple plastic bottles. Close-up of plastic bottle seen slightly damaged. Recycling logo against a green background.
and separate

Empty, clean
Close-up of person wearing flannel shirt and carrying multiple plastic bottles.
and separate
Close-up of plastic bottle seen slightly damaged. Recycling logo against a green background.

Top view of three people on their hands and knees on a field picking up plastic bottles and trash.

China’s ban on importing solid waste in 2018 restricted garbage disposal methods and increased the costs of disposal, creating a waste crisis. In response, Korea’s Ministry of Environment implemented comprehensive measures for recycling and waste management. These policies planned to increase the recycling rate to 70% and reduce plastic waste to 50% to resolve the underlying waste problem.

We began our “Empty, clean and separate” campaign to correspond with government policy, quickly joining the movement to stop using disposable products and improve the office recycling system. Each of us in Korea did our part – about 57,000 of us. Keep reading to see how we put this campaign into action.

We contribute
to those in need
by turning milk cartons
into tissues.

Infographic showing how milk cartons are turned into tissues. Carton illustration. 1. Cartons are rinsed and dried. Pulp illustration. 2. They undergo the pulping process. Toilet paper illustration. 3. This produces paper fiber. Toilet paper and tissue box illustration. 4. It's turned into tissues or toilet paper.
  • 1

    Cartons are
    rinsed and dried

  • 2

    They undergo the
    pulping process

  • 3

    This produces
    paper fiber

  • 4

    It’s turned into tissues
    or toilet paper!

We thought about how we can not only reduce waste, but also reuse it in a productive way. Our idea was to collect all the milk cartons on site and turn them into something new.

By thoroughly separating and pulping milk cartons, we were able to bring them back to life as tissues and toilet paper. Since 2018, we have partnered with Yongin City Hall to give out these tissues to those in need in the
community.

Making waste
Plastic bottle seen from the front ripping through cardboard. Green recycling bin seen from the front against a red wall. Close-up of five plastic bottles seen underwater with a green tint.
less wasteful

Making waste
Plastic bottle seen from the front ripping through cardboard. Green recycling bin seen from the front against a red wall.
less wasteful
Close-up of five plastic bottles seen underwater with a green tint.

Close-up of a child holding a sprout in dirt. An adult's hands are cupping the child's hands.

Samsung continues to strive toward
establishing a better, more effective recycling culture. As we think about the ways to recycle and reuse waste, we will continue to do our best to save the planet in our own way.