Japan’s Town With No Waste

Japan’s Town With No Waste


– [Narrator] The village
of Kamikatsu is special. Not for its tea fields
or idyllic mountains or peaceful historic homes. It’s known for something it doesn’t have. Kamikatsu, as a town,
produces almost no trash. Kamikatsu has a population
of roughly 1,500 people and in the 1990s was
doing nearly no recycling. (foreign language) Burning all that garbage
created carbon dioxide omissions that became dangerous,
and the nature around them was suffering, so a decision was made. Kamikatsu had to change. This was the start of their
path toward zero waste and a new way of living. (foreign language) Effectively, what zero waste here means is that there’s no such thing as throwing something in the trash. Everything has to get recycled. And in the beginning, it
was difficult for everyone. Like Mr. Takuya Takeichi. He’s shop owner in Kamikatsu. (foreign language) And Mrs. Hachie Katayama. She’s a housewife. (foreign language) That classification
system she’s talking about is the key to Kamikatsu’s
success, and it is aggressive. There are 45 categories of recyclables. (foreign language) The list, it goes on; there’s 35 more. Slowly, what was
originally this huge burden became a way of life in Kamikatsu. People began looking at trash differently. (foreign language) (foreign language) It’s important to recognize
that Kamikatsu is a small town. It is not like New York or London. The rules are not the same,
but there is a constant, and that’s people; they can change. (foreign language) (foreign language) (foreign language)

95 thoughts on “Japan’s Town With No Waste

  1. Society is too dumb to realize this, but I honestly don't care anymore. I don't have the voice to tell everyone, and no one will listen anyway.

  2. I wonder why Japans suicide ratings are so high. Its fantasized so much here in the west but statistically must be one of the worst places to live as a male.

  3. You will cooperate with the state for the good of the state and your own survival. You will confess to the crimes of which you have been accused. You will be released and returned to society a productive citizen if you cooperate. Resistance will be punished, cooperation will be rewarded.

  4. This is the greatest thing ever,I've always respected and admired the people of China for their cleanliness and care for their environment ,To me it seems everything they undertake it is a serious success, I practically live on YOU TUBE, watching all the lovely places in China,All the different places there, I lost myself there. Thanks Green Earth. Thanks people of China.

  5. Imagine if the whole world would do this…omg…literally we would be living in paradise.

    This way of living nowadays should be an obligation in the constitution of each country. We are running towards our doom globally with the way we live. What we see in sci-fi movies such as "WALL-E" for example will be a reality in way less than 100 years from now at this pace.

    But nobody does anything because all they (the billionaires and millionaires) care about is their present and short future making loads of money at the expense of nature. They don't want to change anything because that'll end their empires of riches.

    We are doomed…that's a fact. Maybe not necessarily us today but certainly our grandchildren and their children will suffer immensely our current state and way of living.

  6. We need more individuals doing there job to protect nature unlike those nature activists who only do useless drama and trends

  7. The village is special, but it shouldn’t be, it should be normal across the world. That’s what we have to fight for

  8. ■Japan's small town made almost zero waste ! Recycling rate of Waste is 80%! Some countermeasures against Global warming is there ■ https://youtu.be/SsjmUVuM2rc

  9. It's so green and has so many trees because it isn't America. I bet the town mayor (if they have one) isn't fucked just like our government.

  10. We do think and have ideas like they are, it's just we are just being ignorant and stubborn to follow it. It's the simple things that makes a big difference not only to our life's and environment but others that sees us. RESPECT! 🙏

  11. All it takes is giving a shit a little better. Japan is so smart with trash. It doesn’t go into a hole. They make new items out of the old stuff.

  12. If the Gov is not doing it means it is an opportunity for the poor to get a business started making stuff out of that plastic . But you all are complaining and none are doing anything about it!

  13. Wonderful. We all can do this. We just need to use the young smart minds of youth on how to get it done. I believe they will be ones who help us "advance".

  14. Such community-wide training / implementation / habituation is difficult to do so with home owners. Even harder to do so with renters, who will can easily move away after the lease ends.

  15. Great video !!
    Such beautiful countryside.
    And handsome people.
    Proof recycling is worth the effort .
    Thank you for sharing .
    P.S.
    Sorry to see
    so many dumb remarks
    on subjects they know nothing about.
    Suspect they are drunk on alcohol or high on drugs.
    Pay absolutely no regard
    to these unfortunate,uncultured, unsophisticated,self disposed individuals.
    Sincerely

  16. " After becoming aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide associated with burning garbage, the town instated the Zero Waste Declaration with the goal of being completely waste-free by 2020."
    It was because an incinerator was too expensive.

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