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Recycling curbs Naha City trash piles

Date Posted: 2007-11-05

Recycling works.
That’s the opinion of Naha City officials, who report the mounds of garbage collected in 2006 was down more than 1,316 tons from a year before. Officials say trash volume increased by 36% last year, but the tons of garbage and refuse sorted into separate bags with cans, bottles, plastic bags, newspapers, etc., caused the actual trash requiring disposal at landfills to drop to 93,066 tons.
City officials say the average person accumulated 495 grams of trash each day, a 2% decrease. They say the new policies of charging for plastic bags caused people to begin using their own shopping bags.
Environmental education is also attributed to the drop, as the Naha City Offices staff says “reducing the garbage is now ingrained in citizens’ minds, and they know not to throw trash on the road, but instead collect it. Naha City hopes the trend will continue, and has set a goal of reducing garbage collection by 30% by 2011.

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