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New Tsukuba City Garbage Policy

Author: Author unknown, Issue: November 1997, Topic: Enviroment

Beginning Nov. 1, there will be some changes made in the ways citizens are suppose to divide up their garbage for proper disposal. There will now be 8 categories refuse that the city will pickup free of charge. Perhaps the biggest difference from the former system (or lack thereof) is in the way plastics are to be handled. They are to be divided into "burnable" and "nonburnable" categories with the difference being any non-recyclable products made entirely of plastics (including styrofoam and plastic wraps) being considered "burnable" while objects that include other materials, particularly metals, making up the "nonburnable" plastics. Plastic bottles, however, are recycled.

Two other changes of note are:

  1. items to be recycled, namely, cans, glass bottles, plastic "PET bottles" ("PET" stands for "Poly Ethyl Tricloride"; "pet bottles" have no relation to "per rocks"), paper for recycling (newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, etc.), and materials made of cloth will each be picked up on different days, and
  2. large items, such as old furniture, appliances, bicycles, etc. will all be picked up on the same day, so that there is no need to divide into "burnable" and "nonburnable" categories.

Regular "burnable" garbage includes: food scraps, paper, pieces of wood, plastic wrap, plastic bags, styrofoam, disposable diapers, and anything made entirely of plastic. Regular "nonburnable" garbage includes broken pieces of glass, pottery, plastic-metal combinations, leather items, and similar such items.

The only other items not mentioned above that the city handles are fluorescent light bulbs and batteries or other items containing mercury (such as certain thermometers). These, however, will not be picked up and have to be delivered to a local kominkan (public hall) or to any of the branch city halls. Special labeled plastic bags are available for burnables, cans and glass bottles. For other items, you can use any clear plastic bag or even the semi-transparent store bags (from Daiei, etc.). Recyclable paper and cloth can simply be tied up with string or cord.

The calendar of pick-up days will also change somewhat, with the following general monthly schedule being followed (with adjustments for holidays): East block (the old Sakura mura section) week 1

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