Garbage Sorting Guide

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Garbage Sorting Guide

    Garbage Sorting Guide

    Garbage is sorted into the following categories

    ; Burnable Garbage

    ; Cans

    ; Spray Cans

    ; Plastic "PET" Bottles

    ; Glass Bottles

    ; Used Paper and Clothing

    ; Fluorescent Lights and Batteries

    ; Non Burnable Garbage

    ; Oversized Garbage

    ; Commercial Garbage

    ; Garbage that cannot be Handled by the City ; Garbage that must be taken directly to the

    Clean Center

    Burnable Garbage

    ; Includes: Kitchen waste, waste paper,

    woodchips, plastic, polyethylene bags,

    Styrofoam and other plastic products,

    diapers, cassettes, videotapes, leather,


    ; Actions: Put in officially designated (20, 30,

    40 liter) bags which are sold at supermarkets

    and convenience stores. Garbage that does

    not fit in a 40 liter bag must be disposed of as


    ; Treatment: Incinerated and buried in landfills

    Special Cases

    ; Kitchen waste: Drain liquids, consider


    ; Items made entirely of plastic: Products

    made of both plastic and metal are


    ; Food trays, Styrofoam: Return food trays to


    ; Plastic wrap, cellophane: Plastic bags that

    contain aluminum (such as potato chip bags)


    ; Plastic lids of PET bottles: Recycle the PET

    bottle and dispose of lid as BURNABLE


    ; Paper cartons: Cartons with no aluminum

    should be recycled as USED PAPER AND


    ; Cooking oil: Should be solidified with a

    chemical agent or soaked into paper. ; Wooden bats, rackets, brooms: Must be less

    than 150 cm. Wrap in BURNABLE GARBAGE


    ; Yard, garden waste (branches, leaves, grass):

    Pruned branches must be 50 cm or less. Put

    in BURNABLE GARBAGE bags. Up to 5 bags

    can be put out at one time. Large amounts of

    waste must be taken directly to the Clean


    ; Leather, rubber, boots, sneakers, leather

    shoes, cassettes, videos, CDs, anti-moisture

    agents, ice packs, pills, shells, pet feces:

    Dispose of as BURNABLE GARBAGE.


    ; Includes: Food and drink cans

    ; Actions: Empty the contents and rinse. Pull

    tabs and very dirty cans are NONBURNABLE

    GARBAGE. No official bags. Use transparent

    or semi-transparent bags of over 20 liters.

    Ask about local groups that collect cans for


    ; Treatment: Sorted, then recycled (steel,

    aluminum cans)

    Spray Cans

    ; Includes: Spray cans, butane gas cartridges ; Actions: Remove lids and dispose of them as

    BURNABLE GARBAGE. Empty the contents of

    the can completely and then puncture the

    can somewhere with good air circulation and

    no chance of fire. No official bags. Use

    transparent or semi-transparent bags of

    over 20 liters. Spray cans and glass bottles

    are collected on the same day, but must be

    disposed of in separate bags.

    ; Treatment: sorted, crushed, then recycled or

    buried in landfills

    Plastic "PET" Bottles

    ; Includes: Drink, soy sauce, liquor bottles,

    food bottles, jars

    ; Actions: Remove lids and labels and dispose

    of them as BURNABLE GARBAGE. Empty the

    contents and rinse. Very dirty or oily bottles

    are BURNABLE GARBAGE. No official bags.

    Use transparent or semi-transparent bags of

    over 20 liters.

    ; Treatment: recycled and made into clothing

    or plastic

    Special Cases

    ; Egg containers: Dispose of as BURNABLE

    GARBAGE even if they have a PET mark.

    Glass Bottles

    ; Includes: Drink bottles, food bottles, jars ; Actions: Remove lids dispose of the lids as

    appropriate (plastic -- BURNABLE , metal ?

    NONBURNABLE). Empty the contents and

    rinse. Very dirty or broken bottles are

    NONBURNABLE GARBAGE. No official bags.

    Use transparent or semi-transparent bags of

    over 20 liters. Spray cans and glass bottles

    are collected on the same day, but must be

    disposed of in separate bags. Sake and beer

    bottles can be returned to liquor stores. Ask

    about local groups that collect bottles for


    ; Treatment: sorted by color, then recycled

    Special Cases

    ; Heat-resistant glass products, cosmetic

    bottles: Dispose of as NONBURNABLE


    Used Paper and Clothing

    ; Includes: Newspapers, flyers, magazines,

    books, other kinds of paper, cardboard,

    cartons, clothes

    ; Actions: Sort the different kinds of paper and

    clothing and tie them separately with string.

    If it rains, put them in plastic bags or keep

    them until the next dry collection day. Ask

    about local groups that collect these items

    for recycling. Consider donating books and

    magazines to used book stores, and clothing

    to flea market or bazaars.

    ; Treatment: Paper will be recycled into

    cardboard or newspaper, clothes will be

    recycled into cleaning rags

    Special Cases

    ; Newspapers: Tie with string and put in paper

    or plastic bags.

    ; Magazines, books: Tie with string. ; Other kinds of paper (candy boxes, wrapping

    paper, etc.): Tie with string.

    ; Corrugated cardboard: Fold to less than 1

    sq.m. and tie with string.

    ; Paper cartons (milk, juice cartons): Empty

    the contents and rinse, cut open, dry, and tie

    with string. (Smaller cartons can be


    ; Clothing (cotton, wool), bed sheets: Tie with


    ; Blankets: Fold to less than 1 sq.m. and tie

    with string. Futons are OVERSIZED


    ; Adhesive tape, envelopes with plastic

    windows, film, plastic coated paper, thermal

    recording paper, carbon paper, empty

    detergent boxes, futons, carpets, clothing

    made of synthetic fibers (such as ski suits):

    Be sure not to include any of these when

    disposing of paper and clothing.

    Fluorescent Lights and Batteries ; Includes: Fluorescent lights, batteries,


    ; Actions: Place items in receptacles marked

    kaishuu bako at city branch offices,

    community centers, or the parking lot at

    Kukizaki Senior Citizens' Welfare Center. Put

    lights back in their original packaging to

    prevent breakage.

    ; Treatment: mercury is removed, then item is


    Special Cases

    ; Lightbulbs, broken fluorescent lights:

    Dispose of as NONBURNABLE GARBAGE. ; Batteries: Return button-type or

    rechargeable batteries to stores. ; Mercury thermometers: Put back in original

    packaging to prevent breakage.

    ; Fluorescent lights and batteries from

    commercial establishments: Handled by

    licensed waste management companies.

    Nonburnable Garbage

    ; Includes: Glass, earthenware, products made

    of both plastic and metal

    ; Actions: No official bags. Use transparent or

    semi-transparent bags of over 20 liters.

    Garbage that does not fit in a 40 liter bag

    must be disposed of as OVERSIZED


    ; Treatment: broken into smaller pieces, then

    burned, buried in landfills, or recycled

    Special Cases

    ; Knives, needles (kitchen knives, razors, etc.):

    Wrap in thick paper and mark as KIKEN

    (danger) in bold, red letters (preferably in

    hiragana or kanji).

    ; Bottles other than for food or drink (eg. for

    cosmetics): If broken, wrap in thick paper

    and mark as KIKEN (danger) in bold, red

    letters (preferably in hiragana or kanji).

    ; Glass or earthenware: If broken, wrap in

    thick paper and mark as KIKEN (danger) in

    bold, red letters (preferably in hiragana or


    ; Light bulbs, broken fluorescent lights: See


    broken, wrap in thick paper and mark as

    KIKEN (danger) in bold, red letters

    (preferably in hiragana or kanji).

    ; Aluminum foil: Aluminum foil is

    NONBURNABLE, but plastic/aluminum bags

    (eg. potato chip bags) are BURNABLE.

    ; Lighters: Empty the contents.

    ; Metal bats, golf clubs, etc.: Must be less than

    150 cm. Wrap in a bag.

    ; Products made of both plastic and metal,

    cooking equipment (pans, etc.), metal bottle

    caps, disposable body warmers: All can be

    disposed of as NONBURNABLE GARBAGE.

    Oversized Garbage

    ; Includes: Electrical appliances (other than

    washing machines, refrigerators, freezers,

    TVs, air conditioners, computers), furniture,

    bedding, bicycles, small motorcycles

    ; Actions: See below.

    ; Treatment: crushed, then incinerated, buried

    in landfills, or recycled

    Anything that cannot fit in a regular 40L garbage bag is considered "large". If you

    have a large item that can be broken down into small enough parts to fit into a 40L

    bag, please put it in the bag and dispose of it on the appropriate day. If it can be

    broken down into parts that are burnable and parts that are not, please dispose of

    the various parts appropriately. The standard size for a 40L bag is 40cm x 25cm x


    Since April 2005, we have had a new system for disposing of large garbage items. You have to pay a fee of 400 yen, 800 yen, or 1200 yen, based on the size and weight of the object, in order to get rid of these items. These items cannot be thrown out at the regular garbage collection location.

    In order to dispose of large garbage items, you must call the Collection Center to

    arrange the date and location of disposal, the amount of the disposal fee and the confirmation number. The Collection Center is open from 8:30am to 5:15pm

    (Mon-Fri, including national holidays that fall on weekdays), and closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and from December 29 to Jan 3. If you want to arrange for a specific date for collection, be sure to call the Collection Center well in advance.

    It is possible to dispose of large items by bringing them directly to the Clean Center.

    (If you bring them directly to the Clean Center, you don't need to call the Collection

    Center.) However, it is necessary to separate the large items from the regular garbage. If you are only disposing of regular garbage, please put it out on the normal collection days rather than bringing it to the center. To throw out large items:

    ; Call the Collection Center (029-876-8088)

    between 8:30am and 5:15pm (Mon-Fri) and

    give them your name, address, telephone

    number, and the name of the item that you

    are discarding. You will be told the pick up

    date and the fees, and you will be given a

    confirmation number. This can also be done

    online. (in Japanese).

    ; Purchase tickets for the appropriate amount

    at one of the designated stores (list in


    ; Put the item out by 8am on the assigned

    collection date.

    ; The garbage will be picked up. (No need to

    stand outside and wait for it to be picked up.)

    ; Take reusable oversized garbage to Tsukuba

    Recycle Hiroba (029-847-4060), recycle

    shops, or flea markets. The Tsukuba Recycle

    Hiroba will pick up items such as furniture,

    bedding, and bicycles on Tuesdays. (Closed


    If you bring the item directly to the Clean Center, you will be charged 130 yen per 10 kg.


    ; Motorcycles (over 125cc): Can be recycled.

    Ask the Motorcycle Recycle Call Center for

    more information.


    According to the law, washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, TVs, air conditioners must be returned to the stores where you purchased them or where you are going to buy a new appliance. They will be recycled for a fee. If the stores won't take them, please call the Recycling Division. These appliances will not be collected by the city.


    According to the law, computers must be returned to the manufacturer. Ask the manufacturer for more information. If you built your own computer, contact the PC 3R Promotion Center (03-5282-7685). Computers will not be collected by the city. Garbage that must be Taken Directly to the Clean Center

    ; Large amount of garbage as a result of


    ; Large amount of pruned branches and dead

    trees: Cut to less than 1m in length and 15

    cm in diameter.

    ; Large amount of yard, garden waste (leaves,

    grass, etc.): Must only be from your yard or

    garden. Remove soil.

    ; Large number of tin sheets, tatami, fusuma

    doors, shoji doors, other doors, large

    furniture: Take them apart. Make them

    under 2 meters.

    Please note that there will be extra charges for handling OVERSIZED GARBAGE as of April 2005, regardless of whether items are brought directly to the Clean Center.

    Please contact the Clean Center to determine if you can take your garbage directly to the Clean Center or not.

    Contact the Recycling Division for information on how to sort or dispose of garbage. Contact the Waste Management Division for problems with garbage collection sites or illegal dumping.

    Topics: Garbage

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