"If you get used to it, it becomes normal."

How a Japanese town recycles 80% of its waste

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Mon, Jan 4th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On YouTube, Seeker Stories has this short documentary on the "rigorous recycling program" that the citizens of Kamikatsu, Japan, have adopted, which allows them to recycle 80% of their garbage.

Residents must wash and sort virtually anything that is non-compostable in their household before bringing it to the recycling sorting center. Shampoo bottles, caps, cans, razors, styrofoam meat trays, water bottles...the list goes on and on (literally) into 34 categories. At the sorting center, labels on each bin indicate the recycling process for that specific item - how it will be recycled, what it will become, and how much that process can cost (or even earn). It's an education process for the consumer.

All kitchen scraps must be composted at home, as the town has no garbage trucks or collectors.

And as for other items, reuse is heavily encouraged. According to Akira Sakano, Deputy Chief Officer at Zero Waste Academy in Kamikatsu, the town has a kuru-kuru shop where residents can bring in used items and take things home for free. There is also a kuru-kuru factory, where local women make bags and clothes out of discarded items.

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