Trash Talk

Kamikatsu, Japan is a town of 1,700 located in southeastern part of the country. In 2003, due to the adverse effects of incinerating garbage, the residents adopted a mandatory recycling program that includes washing, cleaning, and sorting their trash into 34 categories. Although challenging at first, residents remained committed and say the regimen is part of their everyday routine.

Under the program, 80% of all waste material gets recycled, reused or composted, and only 20% goes to landfills. By the year 2020, the town expects to have no use for landfills at all.

Now that’s some serious trash talk.