In the Japanese town of Kamikatsu there is no waste collection. Its 1,500 inhabitants go to the landfill to patiently sort their garbage into45 categories with the aim of recycling everything.
Naoko Yokoyama (39), a new neighbor in town, admits that the task is difficult, but this sorting practice forced her to pay more attention to the environment.
This town, located in the mountains 530 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, aims to recycle everything without sending anything to incinerators by 2020.
The waste center has employees, but they are there to collaborate, it is the same neighbors who have to wash and dry bags, packages and containers to facilitate recycling.
The categories range from pillows to toothbrushes, bottles (depending on the type of glass), different containers, metal objects, etc.
A brochure of the town has been designed illustrated with a photograph that describes it as "the most beautiful in Japan" of 16 double pages, with a multitude of photographs and drawings accompanied by a photo of the container or box to be used.
The town is close to its goal with a recycling rate of 80% of its 286 tonnes of waste produced in 2017, well above the national average of just 20%. In this mountainous country, unsuitable for landfills, the rest is burning for the moment.
But the inhabitants of Kamikatsu have no illusions. The system "works because we are only 1,500 people," explains Yokoyama, a native of Kyoto.