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How This Town Produces No Trash

How This Town Produces No Trash


[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: In this
small Japanese town, residents take the concept
of recycling very seriously. KAZUYUKI KIYOHARA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] NARRATOR: They
separate their trash into a whopping 34 categories. KAZUYUKI KIYOHARA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE NARRATOR: Welcome to Kamikatsu,
Japan, the zero waste town. HATSUE KATAYAMA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] NARRATOR: Hatsue Katayama
diligently separates her waste according to Kamikatsu’s
rigorous, zero waste program. HATSUE KATAYAMA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] AKIRA SAKANO: In
the very beginning, Kamikatsu was doing
open incineration. But people could
see that’s really hurting the environment
at the same time the health of the people. So general waste was created. NARRATOR: Since the
program began in 2003, 80% of the town’s garbage gets
recycled, reused, or composted. The rest goes to a landfill. But by 2020, the goal is
to be 100% zero waste. HATSUE KATAYAMA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] AKIRA SAKANO: It’s
been very tough, in a way, to gain the
understanding of the people. Of course, when they
had to separate garbage into 34 categories, which is
massive, it’s really tough. NARRATOR: Residents must
washed, clean, sort, and then bring all of the materials to
the city’s recycling center where monitors such
as Kazuyuki Kiyohara make sure it’s
being done properly. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] KAZUYUKI KIYOHARA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] NARRATOR: Signs on
each of the bins tell consumers what their
trash will be recycled into, and how much that process can
cost or earn the community. HATSUE KATAYAMA:
[SPEAKING JAPANESE] NARRATOR: The town has
what’s known as a [JAPANESE] shop, meaning circular, were
residents can bring in and take used items for free. There’s also a factory where
local women make products out of discarded items. AKIRA SAKANO: We have
lots of old kimonos or old clothes or these
flags not used anymore. So we asked all these
grannies, who really had the skills for the sewing. Then they made it into a craft
like teddy bears or bags, or what I’m wearing
right now, as well. It’s made out of
all these fish flags that we celebrate and use
for the Children’s Day. NARRATOR: Businesses
all over Kamikatsu have incorporated ways
to become zero waste. AKIRA SAKANO: We are cutting,
by doing the recycling, the cost into one third compared to when
we actually burned everything. We are trying to focus more, and
totally change our lifestyles, to not to produce any waste. Even in this small town
with only 1,700 people, everyone looks up to each other. And they look after and
take care of each other. So this kind of
supporting system that was in the
community really helped for the implementation
of the zero waste. NARRATOR: Let us
know if you have any unique tips for reducing
your environmental impact in the comments below. And be sure to check
out this next episode. SPEAKER: Two years of trash
in this tiny little jar. In my values are having a
really low environmental impact. I have to live like I want that. And so that’s why I decided
to change my lifestyle. NARRATOR: Thanks for
watching Seeker Stories. Please subscribe to see
new videos every week.

43 comments on “How This Town Produces No Trash

  1. zero waste is when you dont have waste. not when you have loads of rubbish and separate them. for example you can use shampoo and soap bars you dont produce shampoo plastic bottles or soap in plastic.

  2. This gives me hope for humanity. Just when I thought all hope was lost especially here in America. People are ignorant and they don't try and protect their home environment a lot of the time..

  3. Why the people have to do all of this and the company are not made to change how they packed products???

  4. Are You Throwing Away Household Waste: Why Not Recycle It: http://hub.me/a37Ru

  5. I wish more towns did this but this world has leaned more towards convenience than taking responsibility for the waste they produce. I get dirty looks for taking my own jars to the market and to purchase smoothies .

  6. I am planning on having a conversation with our town's Mayor to raise my concern about single use plastics and waste management. This video gives me hope 🙏💕

  7. Oh please have me, because it almost fels like someone has taken me in my sleep and dropped me off in an alternate reality where everybody is a lazy, dirty and chuck their litter everywhere without a care in the world.

  8. They don’t want us to be concerned about waste because it means you won’t consume which means less profit for businesses that lobby politicians who also control ads and media.

  9. Things I learned recently. We could stop using paper towels for example. We could start flushing animal waste. Stop using bottled water unless it’s a last resort and use a refill bottle. We could shop more frequently and get things like cereal in refill containers. We could stop using styrofoam altogether. Maybe use reusable containers that we can return to our favorite restaurant for reuse.

  10. We don’t even recycle our own trash. Apparently we were sending to China that now won’t take it anymore.

  11. Oh they eat the paper bags and bones and dirty paper napkins and
    Empty bottles of oils and juice soap wrappers and
    Mail, shipping boxes etc. Doubt it.

  12. She just turned tenfolds more beautiful in my eyes when she said that what she's wearing are made up of recycled materials.

  13. What is the meaning of Zero Waste? when you are producing waste, some of the recycling and some go to landfill. How it's zero waste? For Me, zero waste means that you are not producing any trash. Like, buy things without plastic packaging, but still, if you have to throw out leftovers of vegetables then how it will be zero waste?

  14. I am too concerned about poor solid waste management system here in Nepal. Always think about how we can reduce waste or if generated then how we can manage them. It seems difficult but not impossible..
    If anyday I need a help then hope you will help me.
    At last want to say that its a wonderful video to inspire.
    Big thanks..

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