As of April, you can no longer freely dispose of certain electrical appliances, namely television sets, air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines. If you are purchasing a new unit, then the store will take these items off your hands, but if you need to dispose of one without purchasing a new one, then things have gotten a lot more complicated. It will now cost you a "recycle fee" of 4600 yen for refrigerators, 3500 yen for air conditioners, 2700 yen for television sets, and 2400 yen for washing machines. Stores will do this for you for those fees plus a "shipping fee" that would vary from store to store. If you can take it to the "clean center" disposal place yourself, you can save the extra fee, but you need to first go to the post office and pay the disposal fee, and take that receipt with you to the disposal center just north of K.E.K. between Higashi Odori and the Northern Research Park (LSI Logic, etc.). Other items, including old computers, etc. are for the time being still handled in the old way.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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