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
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100 thoughts on “How This Town Produces No Trash”

  1. What about the washing your body or things?? What will happened to the water after being used?? It is still zero waste??

  2. this is awesome! I've always thought that if it is man made it should be recycled – BY LAW! It is ridiculous that we throw this stuff away as if that makes it disappear!

  3. If 1700 average Americans did this completely zero waste that would be 1700 tons of trash not going to the landfill. If they did this from the start of there life that would be 129, 200 tons not going to the trash. If we started this at when your twenty that be 95, 200 tons as a whole. WOW!!!

  4. how expensive it would be to classify with a machine learning algorithm to separate garbage and prepare it for recycling

  5. i bet in future most countries make it a rule. so please guys change now before it's too late. just few minutes a day can save our planet.

  6. Yet they export most of their non-biodegradable trash to other under developed countries just so their place could be clean. Mmhm A+ for being clean and smart but clearly don’t give a damn about the environment in other countries except for their own. What makes them think we don’t breathe the same air just because we’re an ocean away? Lol preach

  7. It’s just one more step to refusing all this packaging …
    Refusing is the new recycling
    Just like foodforests are the new covercrops .

  8. When I see these good intentioned people it makes me hopefull…..but…..
    I also see a lot of time and énergie and resources are wasted….. by unwrapping, folding, sorting, recycling etc.
    All products should be available without packaging.

  9. This is an excellent effort by one small community. This is what's needed worldwide and to transition away from single use plastics.

  10. This much devotion to environmentalism only happens in Japan. It's so frustrating…you can't even get American cities to put fucking recycling bins in public!

  11. This is great, but the responsibility of dealing with trash always falls on the end users. We should hold the manufactures accountable for all of the packing. They create it and then leave it to the consumer to figure out.

  12. I live alone and recycle everything, I have a compost bin for food peelings, paper, cardboard. The occasional glass jar food can, plastic containers,I also seperate plastic film and 3 times per year I drop these off at the recycle depot. it is very rare that I have anything other than that to get rid of. If individuals all took the time to be responsible it would have a huge impact on how we manage our waste. If we are not part of the solution we are sadly part of the pollution. Love and respect to mother nature and mother Earth.

  13. We hope we filipinos follow same in our country philippines
    No to hardheaded we need to start follow policies and law
    We can change as one lift up our country

  14. My family used it to handle household waste, it was great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpdHvKjdXK8&feature=youtu.be

  15. I would do this but me alone would just be a waste of time unless I held my garbage and sold it to a private company that needs glass cans or hard plastics.

  16. 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.

  17. 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..

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

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

  20. 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 .

  21. 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 🙏💕

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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?

  29. 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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