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Recycling regulations cause confusion

Date Posted: 2002-04-09

According to prefectural regulations in force since last April, people are required to pay a recycling fee of Ą3,000 per item when discarding their home electronic appliances. Normally, shops selling these items collect the fee and take the old appliances to one of the three designated locations within the prefecture.

But, according to the regulations, these fees can also be paid at any post office. The problem is that no one told the post office how to inform people where to take their old items for disposal. After months of complaints from the public, officials at Okinawa Prefecture General Bureau are planning to distribute maps and information booklets on recycling regulations to prefecture’s post offices. “Obviously, we did not think this thoroughly when the ordnance was enacted, but the info will soon be available at all post offices. We are sorry for the trouble and confusion,” an official at the General Bureau said.

Some critics say that instead of alleviating the trash problem, the regulations are making things worse, as many people are not willing to pay the fee, and instead choose to discard their old appliances illegally to the roadside at night.

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