Japan’s recycling town: Can it inspire the Pacific?

Osaki Recycling Town
Shoichi Hidaka

When the residents of Osaki in southern Japan were first told about new plans for waste management and recycling in their small town, some were unhappy.

“They threw cans at us,” said the Assistant Section Chief and Manager of Environmental Measures Section at Osaki Town Office, Shizuto Takehara, (speaking through an interpreter) of those early meetings.

Now Osaki has been recognised as Japan’s number one recycling town for 13 years running.

The shift started when town authorities realised that the existing town . . .

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