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Naha targets 30% decrease in garbage waste by 2011

Date Posted: 2004-12-02

More effective recycling and citizen reductions in trash and garbage is Naha Cityís goal for the coming few years.

A new seven-year plan instituted by the cityís general waste treatment agency calls for a return to basics, with a decrease in garbage generation by 30% by 2001. The target calls for the final stage of the plan to bring garbage and trash down five percent.

Naha City, with a population of 330,000, isnít the only city with problems, but itís generating many of its own. Daily waste is too much for the system, officials say, so they began planning for change in 1998. Two new waste disposal incinerators go on line in 2006, and recycling is being boosted.

Naha City is asking its citizens to be conscious of the environmental concerns, and the needs for change. How to reduce the trash? What are the best solutions? Those are questions officials are asking. They want residents to make more use of recycling to avoid flooding the incinerator and disposal sites.

Private companies are being asked to get involved with both recycling and waste disposal.

To citizens and business, Naha officials are asking for increased use of recyclable materials and containers, and not to use too much wrapping paper when serving customers. The cityís reminding its citizens that the costs for waste disposal are to be discussed at an upcoming Environmental Conference, but warns that costs will rise if use of city facilities is not reduced.

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