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It's a small planet, recycle!

I have a wealth of waste management experience spanning 20 years. I have worked in both the private and public sector on projects ranging from developing waste management strategies through to designing collection services and recycling centres. I am working to support technical innovation and take carpet recycling into new market sectors. I hold Chartered Membership of the Institution of Wastes Management and have a degree in Manufacturing Management plus a Prince 2 Project Management qualification.

Japan's radical recycling regime

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Thanks to Japan's strict recycling culture, less than 5% of the country’s rubbish ends up in landfills. In Japan, it is illegal to throw away household appliances. It's part of Japan's radical recycling regime. Japan wants to salvage its scrap metals because the country has few natural resources. Appliances are recycled in order to be more self-reliant.

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In Japan's law, customers have to pay an additional recycling cost for new appliances; the tax goes towards the recycling plants, which also receive government subsidies.
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What do you think of Japan's recycling laws?
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A wonderful idea which needs to be implemented worldwide!! Think too, of the jobs created in the dismantling and recycling of these materials!
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Here is an idea from a TV and appliance repair technician how about making them better so they last longer. I repaired toasters made in the 40's, just had to clean the switches or a new cord. but now a toaster has and electronic device that goes bad and is not sold they only last a couple of years. Think of all the energy and cardboard and fuel used to make it and send it to the USA and then it only lasts 2 years.
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Thank goodness their recycling strategy is effective, considering the enormous amount of plastic they use on a daily basis. They could do better and REDUCE this amount significantly and they'd be reducing their carbon footprint to boot!
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Fantastic! Let’s adopt these practices. Lots of shops reselling useful household resources.
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I take both my electronic and electrical items that no longer work to one of the local recycling centers here.
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I've been to Japan 4 times...absolutely will go back.
Fabulous country....and recycling is huge there.
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I visited Samsung's recycling factory a couple of years ago where they explained that they are designing their new appliances so that they would be easier to recycle (fewer parts, less mixed materials). I asked them about planned obsolescence, the practice of making goods less durable and they said that they expect their products to last at least six years. For me, that sounds like a short time, but they said that Japanese are replacing their home appliances in EVERY THREE YEARS... That does not sound like a sustainable practice or does it?
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I still remember I was in Kyoto and there were no dustbins in the city. Still the city was impeccably clean. I just could not believe. Amazing Country.
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We had the most wonderful recycling in our prefecture in Yokohama! We even had"rag days" in the park - where you brought your old worn-out textiles to be remade into cloth, paper, whatever!
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Thank goodness they have done something about their electrical rubbish! I remember reading about Japan 20 or so years ago when a rubbish tip of this sort of waste was falling into the sea at one end of one of the islands. Some firms have taken up the cudgel in the western world too, all Apple products, including their batteries, are able to be recycled. Let’s hope the ability to recycle becomes more prevalent in the world.
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