How to sort and dispose of garbage in Japan

Sorting and disposing of garbage in Japan is taken very seriously, and it is important to follow the rules to ensure that the garbage is properly handled and recycled.

Mar 15, 2023 - 22:02
Mar 9, 2023 - 10:25
How to sort and dispose of garbage in Japan

Here are the general guidelines for sorting and disposing of garbage in Japan:

  1. Separate burnable and non-burnable waste: Burnable waste includes things like food waste and paper, while non-burnable waste includes things like glass and metal. These two types of waste are usually collected on different days, so it is important to separate them properly.

  2. Recycle: Japan has a strong recycling culture, and there are specific rules for how to sort and dispose of different types of recyclable materials. These include plastic bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard. Most cities in Japan provide a detailed guide to recycling, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the guidelines for your area.

  3. Dispose of hazardous waste separately: Hazardous waste, such as batteries, fluorescent lights, and paint, should be disposed of separately. Many cities have special collection days or drop-off points for hazardous waste.

  4. Purchase special garbage bags: In Japan, residents are required to use special garbage bags for disposing of their waste. These bags are usually sold at supermarkets and convenience stores, and they come in different sizes and colors depending on the type of waste.

  5. Follow local rules: The rules for sorting and disposing of garbage can vary by city or even by neighborhood, so it is important to check the local rules and guidelines.

Failing to follow the rules for sorting and disposing of garbage in Japan can result in fines, so it is important to take the rules seriously and follow them carefully.

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  • Depending on the area where you live, the date and time of garbage disposal, where to throw the garbage, and what type of garbage to throw are different. Check out the garbage disposal schedule in your area.
  • Please take out the garbage in the morning the day the garbage truck comes to collect
  • When taking out trash, use the garbage bags (for a fee) prescribed by the city.
  • When you don't understand, ask the people who live near the house, the landlord or the local administrative office.
  • Absolutely do not litter indiscriminately and illegally dispose of garbage. Indiscriminate littering and illegal discharge will become a crime.
  • The act of littering indiscriminately and illegally is equal to dumping garbage in the wrong place such as in the street, park, on the mountain etc.
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