Japanese Village Embarks on Ambitious Zero Waste Campaign

A small Japanese village recycles everything under the kitchen sink to reach 2020 zero waste goals
Apr 2, 2010 5:00 PM ET

Japanese Village Embarks on Ambitious Zero Waste Campaign

I recently came across an amazing article in the UK Guardian that discussed the very big environmental goals of a very tiny village in Japan. The village, known as Kamikatsu, has a population of a little over 2,000 residents, but all of them are involved in Japan’s latest mission to have a zero waste environment by the year 2020.

In 2008, the Japanese government created “Japan’s New Action Plan for Accelerating the Establishment of Sound Material-Cycle Societies Internationally through the 3Rs.” In shorter terms, it was called “Japan’s Plan for Zero Waste.” Under this plan the residents would have to follow the 3Rs: reducing, reusing and recycling every single household waste. And that does mean everything, including food, cans, cups, containers, phones and more. Oh, and it had to be done by the year 2020.

The first city to execute the plan would be Kamkatsu. I think that this is an absolutely amazing idea, and I would love to see cities and entire states in the U.S. following these zero waste policies. It only takes a small village to make an epic statement!

See the pictures attached to this article to find out all the different ways this Village is pursuing its no-waste goals. Go to http://3bl.me/ch2hvt to comment on this article.

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