Sunday, April 19, 2009
Japan's Zero-Trash Town
To reduce the ecological footprint of its residents, a Japanese town has taken a radical step: ending all trash collection.
The BBC reports that residents of Kamikatsu put organic waste into composters and carry the rest to recycling centers. Though sometimes inconvenient -- non-organics are sorted into no fewer than 34 categories -- the scheme appears to be working, and it's cheaper than incineration.
Kamikatsu's a great example of small-scale individual behavior that could have great benefits if practiced widely, and the mayor is urging other communities to follow suit. A question, Would you go along with a system like this in your own town? And if you're already composting, what's your experience been?
Read it here
The Painting is by Henri Rousseau