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What are the rules of Japanese garbage sorting?

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What are the rules of Japanese garbage sorting?

In most countries other than Japan, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a certain extent, such as cardboard or food waste, throwing away garbage is still relatively simple and doesn’t take up too much of your time and effort.


There is a waste sorting guide in every city in Japan. Japan implements regional autonomy, so the regulations for the classification of garbage in different places will be different, and sometimes even the details of the neighborhoods that are inhabited will be different. When children start from sensible things, they will strictly abide by these rules under the guidance of their parents. However, the classification of waste in Japan is very cumbersome, and many people may not be able to understand it when they are young. In order to facilitate residents to conduct proper waste sorting, each city will develop a waste sorting guide and garbage collection schedule according to the timetable.


Rules

1.Designated garbage bags are classified into colors (each city has different colors) and are sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. Make sure to use the correct ones. It can be time-consuming but it’s fine if you stay on top of it.


2.Garbage collection dates, collection areas, and collection rules differ depending on the area. There is usually a guide above where the garbage is collected showing which days what type of trash is collected. Plan accordingly, and make sure all your trash is in the correct Bags and ready to go the night before the collection day.


3.There is a specific fee to throw away broken televisions, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, and other pieces of oversized garbage. Generally, the larger the item, the higher the fee will be. For example, in Shibuya, Tokyo, it is 400 yen for the disposal of a chair, 1200 yen for a bed mattress, and 2000 yen for a sofa. You are also required to apply a sticker to the item to prove you have paid for its removal. You can apply for waste disposal in Your local community by phone or at your nearest city office. For more information on oversized waste disposal in Tokyo, click here.


4.Used cooking oil must be hardened and thrown away as combustible garbage. It should not be poured down the sink because it gets thick and can block the drain.


5.Using the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is highly encouraged. If something can be reused, then reuse it! For example, old cardboard gift boxes can be great to store your stationery, makeup, or hair accessories. Large cardboard boxes can Be kept in case you move house or need to transport a lot of items. Cardboard toilet rolls can even be used as toys for a pet hamster!


6.The trash collection time varies, but it can be anything from 8:00am to 10:00am. Make sure to take out the trash before the scheduled time, or you might miss it and have to wait another week or so. You can get up Very early or take it out the night before. However, it is recommended you take it out the morning of collection, as some communities provide boxes for things like cans and bottles, and they may not be taken out the evening before.


7.Some areas require you to write your name on the trash bag before you put it in the collection area. Double-check the local rules and use a black permanent marker to clearly write your name. Is some problem with the contents, the landlord will have to give it back to you. However, if you follow the above rules, that is very unlikely to happen.


The above is a brief introduction to the Japanese garbage classification rules.


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