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How This Small Japanese Town Produces Close to Zero Waste

Arguably the strictest recycling program in the world, ​Kamikatsu’s plan is nothing short of revolutionary.

Since 2003, residents of Kamikatsu, Japan, have adopted arguably the most rigorous recycling program in the world. Required to separate their trash into a whopping 34 categories, residents have cut costs for the community and drastically improved the surrounding wildlife of their lush island town.

The town reuses or recycles 80 percent of its garbage. At their current rate, officials predict they will reach zero waste by 2020. Pretty inspiring.


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