Kamikatsu | Japan’s First Zero-Waste Village!
Although zero-waste shopping is a relatively new concept in metropolitan Japan, some rural villages are banishing waste altogether. Kamikatsu, an hour’s drive from the nearest city, Tokushima, is home to 1,500 residents — it’s also the first place in Japan to pass a ‘zero waste declaration’!
Kamikatsu’s community-wide effort to reduce waste means that citizens sort their household waste into around 45 different categories; the items in good condition end up in Kuru Kuru recycling store, where residents can retrieve the items for free!
It all began in 2000, when the community was forced to shut down its two incinerators. The village started to produce less rubbish. Amazingly, Kamikatsu recycles 81% of its waste — compared to the national average of just 20%.