That India is working seriously very hard to reduce waste is a well-known fact, all thanks to PM Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative. While, what our countrymen are doing is highly commendable, but when you see news that a Japanese town is gearing up to become waste-free by 2020, you reckon, we Indians, need to push ourselves harder.
The Japanese town making headlines is Kamikatsu. Participating wholeheartedly in a government-initiative launched in 2003, the town of Kamikatsu, with a populace of just about 2000 people, has finally come near to its goal of becoming waste-free.
The residents of the small town agree that it was not an easy transition by any means. The whole process of conversion to becoming pro-environment began in 2003 when the town’s people decided to rally behind the government’s mission. Today, thanks to collective efforts, the people have adopted and adapted an ‘environment-first’ mind-set, and it is what motivates them to go about separating waste before handing it over in the local recycle sorting center. All the junk and debris is collected in different containers for recycling. The people are asked to specify how the recyclable items would come in handy after they are thrown into the recycle machine.
80 percent of the garbage collected by the town’s populace is utilized for clothes, wallets, bags, etc. The more aged people pitch in at the local sewing center.
With its efforts and dedication for the purpose, the town’s populace is confident of converting the town to waste-free come 2020. And they are now working in tandem with other communities practicing the same philosophy in other parts of the world.
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