Recycling Center in Chigasaki, Japan

Aeon has been selling in the neighborhood of 170 million plastic bags a year to their shoppers. The price paid for used PET bottles rose 2.6-fold in the mid and late 2000s due to demand from Chinese companies for plastic materials. The recyclable resins they contain can be used in the production artificial fibers and plastic and demand for them has risen as the price of oil soared. The Japanese are also known for throwing out electronic items that still work and furniture that is still in good condition. A whole industry has grown up around claiming items that are regarded as valuable. Many of the items end up in foreign countries and many of the people who collect them are also foreigners, who sometimes ferry out work to homeless people.
Recycling is required by law for household-use air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators/freezers and washing machines/cloth dryers, and these may not be collected as large-sized trash. To dispose of these items, please ask the original store of purchase or the store where you are buying a replacement to take care of your used appliance. If you are having trouble finding an outlet which will take your used appliance, please call the Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center. Unwanted furniture with dimensions of 30 cm or more, electric household appliances (excluding the appliances specified in the Electric Appliance Recycling Law; see section below), bicycles and skis are collected for a fee as large-sized trash. Since collection is conducted on an appointment basis, please call the Large-sized Waste Reception Center in advance for an appointment. You must purchase a Large-sized Trash Fee Sticker at a convenience store, write your name on the sticker and attach the sticker to your garbage before disposal.



She started off by managing the zero-waste store, nue by totoya in Kokubunji, Tokyo. Customers are invited to bring their own reusable containers and bags for their groceries, thus eliminating the need for traditional single-use plastic packaging. NIMS is researching the best ways to retrieve rare metals from discarded electrical appliances and other products at low cost. With recycled electronics, the circuit boards tend to be the most valuable.
In the past, bamboo was used for a variety of purposes including the manufacture of farm tools, fences, interior decorating and other items. However, bamboo consumption continued to dwindle due to changes in lifestyles over the past few decades, leading to an increase in abandoned bamboo groves. Bamboo groves, if left untended, grow excessively large, to the extent of blocking sunlight from reaching the ground, hampering other plant growth. Used PET bottles, collected mainly from households, are sorted in Kyoei’s plant, where a total of 25 processes, including being crushed into small pieces and washed with alkaline fluids, remove impure substances from them. Additionally, Kyoei uses a machine that it bought from a European manufacturer and modified over a five-year period. The machine “creates a vacuum condition very close to that of the stratosphere.” As a result, chemicals and other substances are totally removed from the resin, which is then recycled into high-quality material suitable for brand new bottles.
Before we recycle, there are several other steps we should take into consideration. The best way to minimize the amount of waste we dispose of is by reducing the amount we consume in the first place, and shifting what we purchase to items that are a long term investment. The first item to consider 一般廃棄物 buying is a washable water bottle or tumbler. The Japanese government imposed a tax on plastic bags meaning, you will be charged for each bag you request at any store. Finally, the containers for a large majority of common household goods (soap, seasonings, etc.) only need to be bought once.

By contrast, the world production of platinum, mostly from Russia and South Africa, is only 100 tons. Japan is one of the first countries to get into recyclable and biodegradable plastics in a big way. PET bottles are collected are turned into high-quality polyester or new bottles. Asahi Breweries has dressed some of its employees in uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles. If you are disposing of combustibles, non-combustibles, recyclable products, and clear plastic bottles follow the guidelines in the last section and place them at the garbage collection point on its designated day.
Under the new law, however, each municipality decides its own collection methods, such as Collection Box Method , Station Collection Method (designation of a specific section at the existing collection points/stations), and Pickup Collection Method . The first two methods expect consumers to separately and properly discharge end-of-life appliances according to the new classification. The third method will not place additional burden on consumers, but on municipal personnel who are engaged in the separation of applicable items at recycling stations or other collection points. “The outside is nice, but the inside is different,” she says about stores’ PET bottle recycling stations. Most recycling spots in convenience stores and public spaces in Japan feature labels guiding people on how to separate the cap from the bottle, burnable from unburnable waste etc. But, Mona explains, it turns out that everything ultimately falls into the same trashbag.

Japanese give a lot of gifts, which often comes wrapped in layers and layers of fancy wrapping that ultimately have be thrown away. Plastic bottles and throwaway wooden chopsticks are favored over recyclable alternatives. Finding a job abroad may seem challenging, but Izanau is here to make the process simple. Register now and you’re one step closer to enjoying your new life in Japan. Based in Kansai where I spend my days complaining about the weather regardless of season. Otherwise, I’m enjoying the wild ride that is living in Japan until it bucks me or until another steed calls.
In some places, Japanese deposit their household trash and garbage in clear plastic bags with a tag with their name on it. The purpose of this is to humiliate people who place recyclable cans, bottles or newspapers in clear bag, which everyone who passes by can see. In most places cans, bottles and newspapers are each placed in separate containers and picked up twice a month. Newspapers are also picked up by independent trash collectors who drive around in trucks and sometimes trade stacks of old newspaper for toilet paper.

However when it comes to the garbage and recycling system I agree with Japan. To improve the quality of consumer life for city residents, the center conducts various programs such as lectures on consumer issues and healthy fish recipe classes. At Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center, producers and consumers learn from everyday waste and aim for a waste-free society; always keeping in mind the concept of “why? Domestically, with the purpose of effectively making use of industrial waste, we operate thermal recycling plants in Nagoya. “I’m happy that I can make a positive impact on the environment, but I hope that, eventually, people won’t need an app like Ekolokal and that everyone can be more waste-conscious,” says Shindo when asked about Ekolokal’s own future.
The complex, opened last year in the town of Kamikatsu in Tokushima Prefecture, is the one-of-a-kind Zero Waste Center, comprising a garbage collection facility, a learning center and public hall, a collaborative laboratory, and a hotel. In many cities along with these 3 things that I have said, cardboard and paper are also collected. Used paper, empty cans, empty bottles, rags and old clothes are also collected and recycled.
Items that cannot be burned, such as metal , glass and ceramics must be disposed of as nonburnable trash. Please dispose of nonburnable trash in a container or transparent or semitransparent bag so that the contents are visible. Please dispose of burnable trash, such as kitchen waste and scrap paper, in a designated container or transparent or semitransparent bag so that the contents are visible. In Japan, the Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (abbreviated as “the Small Home Appliance Recycling Law”) came into force in April 2013. The law, which was passed and enacted by the National Diet in August 2012, aims at promoting the recycling of small home appliances to achieve their proper disposal and effective use of resources. Neuhauss took matters into her own hands as well when trying to influence scaleable sustainability in corporate culture.

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