Kamekatsu .. A city without any waste

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Kamekatsu, a small town in southwestern Japan, and like other small villages and towns, was filled with rubbish and waste. Residents decided to protect themselves, preserve their environment and transform their town into a waste-free society.

It started with the burning of household waste, but it did not last because of the huge amounts of smoke and harmful gases it emitted. They made a fateful decision in 2003 to prepare an integrated garbage recycling program that aims to make the small town completely free of waste. 2020.

It took time for the population to get used to this new system, and it was difficult for everyone. The waste had to be sorted and separated separately. There were 45 waste classification classes in the waste collection center, each with its own boxes, such as glass, plastic, cardboard and paper Sheets, steel, etc., and must be carefully separated and not mixed.
In Kamekatsu there are no garbage and garbage trucks, so people have to bring their garbage to the recycling center, and then workers at the center make sure that the waste is properly sorted and go to the boxes.

Kamekatsu  A Japanese city with zero waste

There is a recycling shop that receives used clothes, old accessories, abandoned personal belongings, and other items that people no longer need. They are replaced by other new products that have been recycled from other waste. There is also a re-manufacturing shop and the sale of products again.

After the garbage was a huge burden on the population in Kamikatsu, people began to look at it differently, and it became a lifestyle. People were more aware of what they were buying, how to get rid of things, what they had to do, and eventually that small town Which has a population of more than 1,700 people, is almost free of garbage and in good condition. The proportion of recycled waste is 80%. Only 20% of the waste is transferred to the landfill, but they hope to eliminate it by 2020, Complete to be the proportion of waste in their hometown (0%).


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