Kamikatsu, Japan is working towards having 0 waste. The town is relatively small but was able to get residents to sort their waste in over 34 categories. Nearly 80% of trash is recycled, reused or composted. The town hopes to have 0 waste by 2020.

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  1. Imposing this burden on the consumers is silly, especially when they have to deal with 34 categories. Maybe it works in a town with 1,700 where local monitoring and social pressure is sufficient. A solution that makes more sense to me is imposing a tax or regulation on the package manufacturers themselves so the waste doesn’t get made in the first place. PET gets picked because it’s cheap and effective at packaging material, but maybe with the right penalties some other material that is easier to recycle/compost will get developed instead.

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