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平成26年 (2014年) 9月 16日

国際課

ACCESS  August - Sept 2008

A Bimonthly Newsletter for International Residents of Yamaguchi Prefecture


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Separating Your Garbage!


For many foreigners, no matter how well you may speak Japanese or how long you live in Japan, separating your garbage correctly can be a constant source of confusion and frustration. Below are some of the general guidelines for getting rid of your rubbish in various sections of Yamaguchi Prefecture.



Iwakuni 岩国

I. Non-recyclable Garbage


1. Burnable Waste 焼却ごみ

What it includes:

・Kitchen waste (soak up liquids such as water and soy sauce in newspaper)

・Paper cartons that cannot be recycled, such as those that contain aluminum

・Plants and flowers

・Cloth items that cannot be recycled (eg. curtains or zabuton sitting cushions)

・Toiletry items (such as used menstrual items)

・Other (cigarette butts, wooden hangers, photos, etc.)

What to put it in:

・The red bags marked 可燃性ごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

Once or twice a week, by 7am the morning of—refer to the calendar for the appropriate dates for your area.

Take note:

Newspaper, magazines, cardboard box, and recyclable cloth should be thrown away in the appropriate division of (II.6) Other recyclables (資源品).


2. Non-burnable Waste処理困難ごみ

What it includes (4 divisions):

1)Batteries and thermometers

・Rechargeable batteries and button batteries should be brought to stores that collect used batteries

2)Fluorescent tubes (limit two (2) items at a time)

・Includes fluorescent rings, straight fluorescent tubes, and bulbs

・Tubes over 1.2 meters in length must be brought directly to the store

3)Cylinders that have a risk of explosion or fire (limit up to two (2) cylinders)

・Lighters should be emptied completely, gas cylinders and spray cans should be emptied and punctured

4)Video tapes, cassette tapes, and desiccant packs (石灰系乾燥剤 found in food packages for storage purposes)

・Plastic cases should be disposed of with (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ) and paper cases in the appropriate division of (II.6) Other recyclables (資源品)

・Limit of up to two (2) video tapes and four (4) cassette tapes at a time What to put it in: Clear plastic bags, the contents are visible, labeled with your name.

When you can throw it out:

・On the disposal dates for (II.1) Plastics (プラスチック類),(II.2) Ceramics and glass (陶磁器及びガラス類), (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ), (II.4) Glass bottles (びん類), and (II.5) Cans (かん類), placed separately at the edge of the garbage pile, by 8am the morning of.


II. Recyclable Garbage


1. Plastics プラスチック類

What it includes:

・Items with the プラ mark (plastic bags, nylon bags, food packaging bags (should be folded up compact and small), candy wrappers and other cellophane wrappers, plastic containers (food containers, shampoo bottles, cosmetic bottles, mayonnaise bottles, toothpaste tubes, pudding containers, butter containers, tofu and egg cartons, eye drop bottles, etc.), and plastic and Styrofoam trays)

・Vinyl string/cord (cut into pieces no longer than 1 meter in length)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—refer to the calendar for the appropriate date for your area

Take note:

・Dispose of the contents of the containers, as well as any paper product within the containers, with the (I.1) Burnables (焼却ごみ)

・Remove caps and lids (throw out metal caps with (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ), plastic caps with (II.1) Plastics (プラスチック類))

・Wash all items thoroughly and dry completely before disposal

・Put all items directly into the main trash bag, not into smaller bags first

・Small plastic containers, such as soup and flavoring packets found in instant foods or small soy sauce bottles and packets found in bento boxes, should be washed and dried, put in a small plastic bag which should be tied up and compact, and then put into the main trash bag

・If it isn’t clear if the item should be disposed of with plastics or with metals, put it with the metals

・PET bottles (such as those used for beverages, soy sauce, or cooking sake) and food trays should be thrown away separately; see category (II.7) Pet Bottles and Food Trays ペットボトル・白色トレー


2. Ceramic and glass items 陶磁器及びガラス類

What it includes:

・Ceramics (plates, pots, ash trays, etc)

・Glass (sheets of glass and dangerous objects should be wrapped in newspaper)

・Cosmetic bottles (caps removed)

・Other (concrete blocks, etc.)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—refer to the calendar.Take note: Glass bottles such as beverage bottles or medicine bottles should be thrown away with (II.4) Glass bottles (びん類)


3. Metals and Plastic objects 金属類及び破砕ごみ

What it includes:

・Aluminum foil or aluminum containers used for cooking (rinse first)

・Metal cooking ware (pots, tea kettles, knives, strainers, can openers, ice picks, spoons, portable stoves, etc.)

・Paint or mineral oil cans (empty contents completely)

・Large cans (crush them when possible)

・Metal objects (compass, writing utensils, scales, scissors, knives, dutch ovens, razors, cameras, golf clubs, metal bats and other sports equipment, tools, wire, nails, screws, pipes, umbrellas, and hangers, etc.)

・Small electric appliances (irons, hair dryers, oven toasters, blenders, rice cookers, radio cassette recorders, table lamp, pencil sharpener, word processor, calculators, video cassettes,electronic teapots, etc.)

・Enameled items (cooking pots, tea kettles, frying pans, etc.)

・Other (clocks, light bulbs, CDs, floppy discs, artificial flowers, etc.)

・Large or hard plastics that cannot be disposed of with (II.1) Plastics (プラスチック類) (flower pots, helmets, bowls, toys, toner containers, toothbrush, plastic hangers, records, screen doors, plastic cutting boards, golf balls, sponges, etc.)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—refer to the calendar.

Take note:

・Dispose of the gas cylinder of a portable stove with (II.5) Cans (かん類)

・Wrap sharp objects such as knives in paper before disposing

・Cut the power cord off electric appliances and dispose of in the appropriate division of (II.6) Other recyclables (資源品)

・Batteries should be disposed of with (I.2) Non-burnables (処理困難)

・Glass parts of blenders and coffee makers should be disposed of with (II.2)

Ceramics and glass (陶磁器及びガラス類)

・Plastic mats or sheets of plastic should be cut into pieces no larger then 1m

・Shoes, bags, raincoats, and hoses should be cut into pieces no larger than 1m


4. Glass bottles びん類

What it includes:

・Beverage and medicine bottles (caps removed, emptied and rinsed completely)

・Food containers, such as jars for jam, dressing, spices, and coffee (caps and lids removed, emptied and rinsed completely)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

・When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—refer to the calendar.

Take note:

・Remove caps and throw away with (II.2) Ceramics and glass (陶磁器及びガラス類), (II.1) Plastics (プラスチック類), (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ), or (I.1) Burnables (焼却ごみ) (cork)

・Glass cups, cosmetic containers, containers for agricultural chemicals, ashtrays, flower vases, plates of glass, heat-resistant glass products, and mirrors, etc., should be disposed of with (II.2) Ceramics and glass (陶磁器及びガラス類)


5. Cansかん類

What it includes:

・Beverage, food, or other cans (such as glue or oil cans), under 2 liters in size, marked スチール (emptied, rinsed and dried thoroughly)

・Spray cans (pierced)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—refer to the calendar.

Take note:

・Aluminum cans should be thrown away in the appropriate division of (II.6)Other recyclables (資源品)

・Pierce sprays cans in an unheated and well-ventilated area

・Put paint cans and other large cans in with (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ)

・Don`t stack cans inside of cans when throwing them away

・Metal lids from canned foods can be thrown away with the cans


6. Other Recyclable Divisions 資源品

What it includes (8 divisions):

1)Newspapers (新聞紙類), including flyers and handouts

・Remove any plastic or staples

2)Magazines (雑誌類)

・Includes catalogues, notebooks, wrapping papers, paper boxes and thick

paper, receipts, memo pads, etc.

・Bind receipts and memo papers together so they don’t create a clutter

・Does not include soap powder boxes, photos, or soiled papers

・If possible, remove vinyl mounting, binding string or anything metal

3)Paper Cartons (紙パック)

・Includes milk and other drink cartons with the 紙パック mark

・Rinse, dry, cut open, spread out flat, stack, and bind together with string

・Dispose of cartons that contain aluminum with (I.1) Burnables (焼却ごみ)

4)Cardboard

・Fold up, stack, and tie together with string or packaging tape

・Remove any Styrofoam

5)Cloth items

・Includes sheets, towels, reusable clothing, suits, coats and other items made of thick cloth, leather goods, stuffed animals, and fur clothing

・Can be disposed with zippers and buttons attached

・Fold neatly and place in clear plastic bags so that the contents are visible

・Does not include futon, zabuton cushions, pillows, rain coats, or curtains

6)Aluminum cans, markedアルミ

・Empty, rinse, dry, and put in clear plastic bags so that contents are visible

・Dispose of cans marked スチール with (II.3) Metals (金属類及び破砕ごみ)

7)Power cords (cut from electrical appliances)

・Should be wound neatly and tied together tightly

8)Cooking oil waste

・Should be disposed of in plastic bags that would not leak the contents

・Does not include oils other than those used for cooking purposes When you can throw it out: Once a month between 6am and 8 am the morning of—refer to the calendar for the appropriate date for your area

Take note:

・Categories 1 – 4 should be tied together with paper string (専用紙ひも), with the exception of category 4 (cardboard), for which packaging tape (ガムテープ) may be used if necessary

・Cloth and cans should be thrown away in clear plastic bags

・If it rains on the day of disposal, please put the items inside clear plastic bags, or dispose of them on the following date


7. Pet Bottles and White Food Trays ペットボトル・白色トレー

What it includes:

・Plastic containers with the PET mark, such as drinks, sake, and soy sauce

・Remove the cap and dispose of in appropriate garbage division

・No need to remove the label on the bottle

・Rinse and dry, and if possible crush the bottle before disposal

・Food trays from bento boxes, packaged food, etc.

What to put it in:

・Clear plastic bags (PET bottles and food trays should be separated).

When you can throw it out:

・Anytime. Bring them to the any store that offers collections: (refer to the link for a complete list of locations).


III. Oversize rubbish 粗大ごみ

What it includes:

・Large items that do not fit in regular sized garbage bags

・Does not include: items too large to be handled by a professional, agricultural equipment, fire extinguisher, motorcycle, tire, batteries, television, air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer,washing machine, or computers.

How to throw it out:

1)Call the city office at least one week in advance to register (tel. 31-7710, Mon ~ Fri 8:30 – 17:00); you may also fax in the application (fax 31-8397)

2)Arrange for pick-up date and location

・Confirm address, name, phone number, item details, quantity, and collection date

・Confirm pick-up location, total price, and contact number

・Find out where oversize rubbish collection tickets or stickers are sold

3)Purchase oversize rubbish collection tickets or stickers

4)Write your name and registration number on the ticket, attach to the item

5)Collection of the item

・Place the item in front of the house or other previously determined location early in the morning of the arranged collection date (there is no need to wait outside with the item)

Take note:

・Before throwing an item away, please reconsider the following:

・Is it possible to repair the item?

・Is there someone else who might need the item? (Contact the Recycle Plaza to see if there are people in the area looking for such an item)

・Are there any stores that will take the item back?

・By principle, the pick-up location is usually arranged to be in front of the main entrance of the house facing a public or main road

・Collection tickets are sold in \250 or \500; purchase according to the sum of disposal charges (for an alphabetical list of items and charges, see


The city does not offer collection services for the following items of garbage

・Tires, gas cylinders, car batteries, fire extinguishers, solar-powered water heaters, pianos, cars

・Syringes and other medical equipment, strong drugs

・Cans or containers that held paint, paint thinner, waste oil, or petroleum

・Other items which could cause fire or explosion




Shunan City 周南(TOKUYAMA AREA 徳山地域)

I. Non-recyclable Garbage


1. Burnable Waste 燃やせるごみ

What it includes:

・Kitchen waste (wrap food waste in newspaper to soak up water content)

・Paper items (photos, carbon paper, and other papers that can’t be recycled)

・Wood and small wooden items (sticks of wood 6cm in diameter or less should be cut into lengths of under 80cm and tied together in bundles of under 30 cm in diameter; blocks of wood should be no more than 9cm in thickness and 50cm in length)

・Cloth items (small stuffed animals, underwear, socks, and un-recyclable cloth)

・Zabuton seat cushions (if larger than 50cm, should go in (II.1) Recyclables (paper and cloth) 資源物(紙類・布類))

What to put it in:

The brown bags marked with red lettering 燃やせるごみ袋.

When you can throw it out:

・Twice a week—refer to the calendar link to find the specific dates, marked in magenta/purple, for your area

Take note:

Anything over 50cm in length should go in (III) Oversize rubbish(粗大ごみ)


2. Non-burnable Waste 燃やせないごみ

What it includes:

・Plastics (such as bento trays, snack bags, shampoo bottles, cosmetic bottles,and similar plastic containers that cannot be recycled)

・Ceramics, pottery, glass, knives

・Metals, such as tea kettles and sprays cans (emptied and punctured)

・Batteries and clinical thermometers (place in a separate, clear plastic bag,and label the contents (電池for batteries, 体温計 for thermometers))

What to put it in:

・The clear bags marked with green lettering: 燃やせないごみ

When you can throw it out:

・Once a week—dates marked in blue on the calendar.

Take note:

・Items over one meter in length should go in (III) Oversize rubbish (粗大ごみ)

・Hazardous items, such as knives and broken pottery or glass, should be wrapped up tightly in paper and labeled “dangerous” (キケン); they should not be placed in the plastic bag with the rest of the garbage

・Dispose of food trays at the proper recycling locations at local stores


II. Recyclable Garbage

1. Recyclables (Paper and Cloth) 資源物(紙類・布類)

What it includes:

・Papers, separated into five divisions and bundled together with string:

・Newspapers (advertisement leaflets can be included)

・Paper cartons (such as milk or juice cartons)

・Cardboard

・Magazines

・Others (paper bags, paper snack bags, tissue boxes, etc)

・Clothing and cloth items, tied together with string or placed in clear or semi-transparent plastic bags

・Towels, clothing (leave buttons and zippers attached; underwear and socks should go in with (I.1) Burnables (燃やせるごみ))

・Bedding, such as futon and blankets, carpets, rugs and mats (fold or roll into bundles no longer than one meter in length)

What to put it in:

・The green bags labeled 不燃性ごみ袋.

・When you can throw it out: Once or twice a month—marked in yellow on the calendar.

・Take note: In the case of rain, please throw items out on the next disposal date


2. Recyclables (Glass bottles, Cans, PET bottles) 資源物(びん類、缶類、ペットボトル)

What it includes:

・Glass bottles, such as beverages bottles or jam jars

・heat-resistant glass, cosmetic bottles and oil bottles should be disposed of with (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)

・Cans (anything over 30cm should go in (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ))

・PET bottles

・Bottles labeled with the PET mark (beverage, sake, and soy sauce)

・Bottles maybe be thrown out with the labels attached

・Containers for other cooking seasonings, such as sauces, salt, cooking oils, or dressing go in (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)

What to put it in:

・Clear or semi-transparent plastic bags, such as grocery bags When you can throw it out: Once or twice a month—marked in green on the calendar.

・Take note: All items should be emptied, rinsed, and separated into the three divisions;remove caps and lids and dispose of in (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)


III. Oversize Rubbish 粗大ごみ

What it includes:

・Burnable garbage over 50cm in size

・Non-burnable garbage over one meter in size

How to throw it out (two options):

1) Call the Public Cleaning Bureau at 0834-28-0019 to make an appointment

・Service charges, between \200~\1010, depending on the item, should be paid on the day of collection (or in advance)

・Choose a location for collection where a 3.5 ton truck will be able to park and turn around

2) Bring the item(s) directly to a disposal facility (also incurs a fee)

・Burnable garbage should be delivered to 恋路クリーンセンター(下松市大字河内340 TEL:0833-43-2636)

・Non-burnable garbage should be delivered to 桑原不燃物処分場(周南市大字戸田1788 TEL:0834-83-2749)

・Take note: As the city doesn’t arrange regular pick-ups days for oversize rubbish, you must choose from these two options; both methods of disposal will incur a fee.


The city does not offer collection services for the following items of garbage

・Scraps and waste from garden pruning

・Air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, freezers, laundry machines or computers

・Business-related rubbish (office, store, or restaurant related rubbish)

・Old tires and batteries




Shunan City 周南(SHIN’NAN’YOU AREA 新南陽地域)

I. Non-recyclable Garbage

1. Burnable Waste 燃やせるごみ(燃料化資源)

What it includes:

・Kitchen waste (soak up excess water content and oils in newspaper)

・Wood scraps (no more than 5cm thick and 50cm in length)

・Paper waste, paper diapers and pads, menstrual items

・Fur items

・Flowers, garden pruning waste

・Books and magazines (no need to bundle or tie them together)

・Food trays (washed and dried)

・What to put it in: The designated plastic bags, sold at designated stores.

・When you can throw it out: Twice a week— refer to the calendar link to find the specific dates, marked in magenta/purple, for your area

Take note:

・When possible, take food trays to the recycling center at the supermarket

・Under no circumstances dispose of non-burnable or hazardous items


2. Non-burnable waste and dry batteries 燃やせないごみと乾電池

What it includes:

・Plastic, vinyl, and styrofoam items (egg, fruit, and tofu containers, food packaging and wrapping, plastic hangers, umbrellas, shoes etc.)

・Ceramics, pottery, mirrors, shells

・Plants with soil attached

・Bottles and containers of cosmetics, medicines, or oils

・Oil cans, paint cans, caps and lids of bottles and jars

・Aluminum foil, zinc and tin items (no more than 50cm in length) What to put it in: The designated plastic bags, sold at designated stores.When you can throw it out: Once a week—dates marked in yellow on the calendar.

Take note:

・All bottles, cans, and containers should be emptied completely before disposal

・Wrape razors and broken glass in bags before disposing

・Soak ashes in water before disposal

・Put dry batteries in a separate bag and label “乾電池”


II. Recyclable Garbage

1.Glass bottles, Milk cartons, Paper and Cloth 資源になるビン・牛乳パック・紙・布

What it includes & How to dispose:

・Glass bottles, such as beverage bottles, and glass food jars (wash, dry, and place inside a clear plastic bag so the contents are visible)

・Milk cartons (wash, dry, cut open, stack flat and tie together with string)

・Newspapers and advertisement leaflets (stack and tie together with string)

・Cardboard (stack and tie together with string)

・Clothing (place inside a clear plastic bag so the contents are visible) When you can throw it out: Once or twice a month—refer to the calendar link to find the specific dates, marked in blue, for your area

Take note:

・Any fur clothing should be thrown away with (I.1) Burnables (燃やせるごみ)

・Cosmetic bottles, medicine bottles, oil bottles, kitchen utensils and ware, and glass should be disposed of with (I.2) Non-burnables(燃やせないごみ)

・Dispose of magazines, catalogues, and books in (I.1) Burnables (燃やせるごみ)


2. Cans, Metals, PET bottles 資源になる缶・金属・ペットボトル

What it includes & How to dispose:

・Cans, such as juice cans, beer cans, canned food cans, glue cans, etc. (wash and dry thoroughly, then place in a clear plastic bag)

・Metal pots, dutch ovens, Teflon frying pans, tea kettles

・PET bottles, such as beverage bottles, marked PET (remove caps, wash and dry, then place in a clear plastic bag)

What to put it in:

Clear or semi-transparent plastic bags, such as grocery bags When you can throw it out: Once or twice a month—marked in brown on the calendar.

Take note:

・Empty and puncture spray cans in a well-ventilated space before disposal.

・Rusty metals and cans should go in with (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)

・Containers for sauces, cooking seasonings, cooking oils, detergent, cosmetics, and any plastic container not labeled with the PET mark should go in (I.2) Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)


III. Oversize Rubbish (service charge, registration) 粗大ごみ(有料・申込制)

What it includes:

・Items larger than 30 cm in length, height, and/or width

・Includes bikes, space heaters, couches, etc.

How to throw it out:

・Call 0834-61-4106 one week prior to when you wish to dispose of the item(s)

・If many orders have been placed your desired date, you may be required to choose the following week for disposal

・Pay the service charge on the day of collection (the item cannot be collected if someone is not available to pay the fee at the time of collection)

・For a detailed list of service charges per item type, refer to the oversize garbage pamphlet (粗大ごみパンフレット) When you can throw it out: Four times a month, with an appointment—possible dates

marked in green on the calendar

Take note:

・A fee for service charge will be incurred

・Items over 60kg in weight should be brought in by yourself, or a professional disposal agent should be contacted

・Ask about recycling options for air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, freezers, and washing machines at the store of purchase, the company that produced the item, or at a recycle shop

・To discard a computer, contact with the maker or seller of the item


The city does not offer collection services for the following items of garbage

・Large trash, such as moving and cleaning waste

・Items under contract (new house, housing extension, housing reconstruction, branches pruned from shrubbery, solar-powered or electrical water heaters)

・Business-related trash (from shops, restaurants, offices, agriculture, fishery, industry)

・Others, such as gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, agricultural machinery, fishing equipments, motorcycles, tires, and chains.




Shunan City 周南(KUMAGE AREA 熊毛地域)

General disposal information:

・There is no collection on weekends, holidays, or over the New Years period 12/31~1/3.

・Use the designated bags for each garbage division.

・Label the garbage with your name.

・Separate your garbage strictly according to the rules.

・Place garbage outside on the morning of the collection day by the designated time.

・Any items that don’t fit into the designated bags and are less than 80cm x 30cm x 30cm in dimension should either be placed in a cardboard box or tied together with string, with the designated garbage bag attached on top.

・Failing to abide by these rules will cause problems for the others in your area.


I. Burnable Garbage 可燃物

1. Burnable Waste 燃えるごみ

What it includes:

・Kitchen waste (drain or soak up liquids and water content)

・Paper items (that cannot be thrown away with (II.1) Paper recyclables (紙類))

・Cloth items

What to put it in:

The designated bag marked 可燃用ごみ袋

When you can throw it out:

Twice a week— refer to the calendar link to find the specific dates, marked in green, for your area


2. Other Plastics 廃プラスチックごみ

What it includes:

・Plastics and vinyl items, plastic bags, cassette tapes, and any plastic items that don’t belong in (II.3) PET bottles recyclables (ペットボトル) or (II.4) Plastic containers recyclables (その他プラスチック容器)

What to put it in:

・The designated bag marked 廃プラ用ごみ袋 When you can throw it out: Once a week—dates marked in yellow on the calendar.


II. Recyclable Garbage 資源物

1. Paper 紙類

What it includes (four divisions):

・Cardboard

・Paper cartons (such as milk or juice cartons)

・Newspapers and flyers

・Magazines, books and comics

What to put it in:

・Sort into separate stacks and bind with string.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month— dates marked in blue on the calendar.

Take note:

・If it rains, cover in plastic to prevent them from getting wet, or throw them out on the next disposal date

・Items with silver paper attached go in with (I.1) Burnable waste (燃えるごみ)


2. Metals 金物類

What it includes:

・Aluminum and steel cans (wash before disposal)

・Metal objects, such as pots, pans, toys, and stainless steel teapots

・Spray cans (empty and puncture before disposal)

What to put it in:

・The designated blue bag (place items in the bag directly, not in other bags first).

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month— dates marked in blue on the calendar.


3. PET bottles ペットボトル

What it includes:

・Plastic bottles marked PET, such as bottled drinks, sake, and soy sauce

What to put it in:

・The designated blue baskets (place in the box directly, not in bags).

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—dates marked in brown on the calendar.

Take note:

・Remove caps and labels, wash and crush the bottles before disposal.


4. Plastic containers その他プラスチック容器

What it includes:

・White or colored plastic trays and bento trays

・Cups, such as custard or ramen cups, and other packaging, such as egg packs

What to put it in:

・The designated green baskets.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month— dates marked in brown on the calendar.

Take note:

・Any film, wrapping, and plastic bags that come with the container should be removed and disposed of with (I.2) Other plastics (廃プラスチックごみ)


5. Glass bottles びん類

What it includes (three divisions):

・Colorless (clear) bottles (無色びん)

・Brown bottles (茶色びん)

・Other colored bottles (その他びん)

・This includes coffee jars, seasoning bottles, drink bottles, whiskey bottles, etc.

What to put it in:

・Colorless bottles go in the light blue box; Brown bottles in the brown box; and Other bottles in the blue box (place in the box directly, not in bags).

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—dates marked in brown on the calendar.

Take note:

・The three types of bottles must be separated before disposal.

・Remove caps, lids, and anything metal before disposal.


III. Non-burnable Garbage 不燃物

1. Glass

What it includes:

・Sheets of glass, light bulbs, heat-resistant glass

・Cosmetic bottles, ceramics, porcelain, dishes, flower pots

What to put it in:

・The designated grey box (place items in the box directly, not in bags).

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month— dates marked in brown on the calendar

Take note:

・Remove caps and lids.


IV. Oversize Rubbish 粗大ごみ

What it includes:

・Furniture, electrical appliances, large metal objects

How to throw it out:

・Go to the Citizens and Living Division or call them at 0833-92-0036 to apply

・You will be informed of the collection date at the time of application

・Pay the service charge (which ranges from \200~\2800 depending on the item) upfront on the day of collection, or in advance.

When you can throw it out:

・The morning of every second and fourth Saturday(marked in pink on the calendar), with a registered appointment.


The city does not offer collection services for the following items of garbage

・Paint and paint-thinner, cans or other containers that held non-cooking oils, hazardous items that could cause explosions or fire

・Agricultural plastics, chemicals, or machinery

・Tires, gas cylinders, waste oils, large batteries, pianos, unused fire extinguishers, television sets over 25 inches, refrigerators over 250 liters, medicines and chemicals, sinks, bathtubs, cars, scooters, or motorcycles

・Concrete, brick, slate or tiles

・Oversize garbage that has not been registered through application




Shunan City 周南(KANO AREA 鹿野)

I. Non-recyclable Garbage

1. Burnable Waste 燃やせるごみ

What it includes:

・Kitchen waste (soak up excess liquid and water content)

・Books and magazines (loose; do not bundle or tie them together)

・Cooking oils, soaked in newspaper (do not use coagulants)

・Wooden items and wood scraps, no longer than 50cm in length

・Clothing and stuffed animals

・Paper waste, paper diapers

・Flowers and plants

What to put it in:

・The designated green bags.

When you can throw it out:

・Twice a week—dates marked in light greenon the calendar


2. Non-burnable waste燃やせないごみ

What it includes:

・Pots, tea kettles, ceramics, pottery, flower pots, shells

・Umbrellas, spray cans

・Heat-resistant glass, glass cups, mirrors, sheets of glass

What to put it in:

・The designated blue bags.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a month—dates marked in dark green on the calendar

Take note:

・Wrap knives, blades, and glass in plastic so that sharp edges aren’t protruding

・Items that do not fit inside the bag belong in (III) Oversize rubbish (粗大ごみ)


3. Other Plastics 廃プラスチックごみ

What it includes:

・Vinyl and plastic items, such as boots, floating devices, and cassette tapes

・Plastic containers, such as egg containers, food trays, and non-PET bottles

・Plastic supermarket bags

・Instant ramen cups, snack packaging, and styrofoam

・Leather items, such as shoes and bags

What to put it in:

・The designated yellow bags.

When you can throw it out:

・Once a week or every two weeks—dates marked in yellow.

Take note:

・Mayonnaise and ketchup bottles should be completely emptied before disposal

・Items that do not fit inside the bag belong in (III) Oversize rubbish (粗大ごみ)

・When possible, dispose of food trays in the recycling bins at supermarkets


II. Recyclable Garbage

1.Recyclables (Cans and Glass containers) 資源物

What it includes (five divisions):

・Steel cans

・Aluminum cans

・Colorless (clear) glass bottles and jars

・Brown glass bottles and jars

・Other glass bottles and jars

What to put it in:

・The designated light blue boxes.

When you can throw it out:

・Twice a month—dates marked in blue on the calendar.

Take note:

・Remove all lids and caps, and empty and wash out all cans, jars and bottles

・Cosmetic bottles, medicines, and glass should be disposed of with (I.2)

・Non-burnables (燃やせないごみ)


2.Other recyclables (Papers, Cloth and PET bottles) その他の資源物

What it includes & How to dispose:

・Paper items and cloth items (separated, stacked, bound with string)

・Newspapers

・Magazines

・Paper cartons (milk and juice cartons)

・Cardboard

・Cloth items and towels

・PET bottles—any bottles labeled with the PET mark (remove caps, wash, and place in a clear or semi-transparent plastic bag)

What to put it in:

・Bring to the garbage station (ごみステーション)

When you can throw it out:

・Twice a month—dates marked in blueon the calendar


III. Oversize Rubbish 粗大ごみ

What it includes:

・Fans, space heaters, rice cookers, VCRs

・Bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages

・Sinks, dressers, cabinets, shelves, chairs, futon

・Golf bags and skiis

How to throw it out:

・Register and pay the service charge in advance by calling 68-2333

・The city does not handle air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, or washing machines—inquire at an electronics store about recycling

When you can throw it out:

・Only upon application and registration


IV. Hazardous Items 有害ごみ

What it includes:

・Fluorescent lights (it’s ok if they are broken) and light bulbs

・Thermometers

・Batteries

What to put it in:

・Do not put in bags—deposit directly in the box labeled 有害ごみ入れ

Take note:

・Locations where you can dispose of hazardous items:

in front of the town hall garage (役場車庫前)

the community center (公民館指定場所)

the Kano stockyard (鹿野ストックヤード)

the non-burnable waste management center (鹿野不燃物処分場)


The city does not offer collection services for the following items of garbage

・Gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, large batteries, agricultural equipment and machinery, or motorcycles—please return such items to the store of purchase



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