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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

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