Friday, July 25, 2008

The Japanese town that wastes not ... at all

The small Japanese town of Kamikatsu has become what could be the world's first zero-waste town. Naturally, this involves a lot of effort on everyone's part:

There are no waste collections from households at all. People have to take full responsibility for everything they throw away. Kitchen waste has to be composted. Non-food waste is processed either in local shops which accept goods for recycling or in Kamikatsu's Zero Waste Centre. There, people have to sort their unwanted items into 34 different boxes for recycling.

Incidentally, Kamikatsu is officially one of Japan's most beautiful villages [in Japanese only, but click on the thumbnails to see wonderful slide shows of Kamikatsu].






Scenes from (officially) beautiful Kamikatsu.


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