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Many people find the Japanese garbage disposal system very confusing when they first move to this country. If you do not follow the rules for garbage disposal in your city, you may have trouble with your neighbors. If you are unfamiliar with the rules for garbage disposal, please inquire at your local government office or ask your neighbors. Here are some guidelines about garbage disposal for your reference:

Garbage Disposal (April,2007)

Please separate your household garbage according to the rules established by your city.

 Garbage should be separated into three main categories: burnable garbage,non-burnable garbage, and recyclable items. The rules for separating garbage are determined by each city. Please refer to the list from your local government when sorting your garbage. For example, video tapes are classified as 'burnable' in Miyazaki city, but in other municipalities they are classified as 'non-burnables.'

 Please put your garbage in the designated garbage bags. Most cities in Miyazaki Prefecture require the use of specific garbage bags.

If you do not use the correct bags, your garbage will not be collected. These garbage bags canbe purchased at your local supermarket.

Please put out your garbage at the designated collection spot.

 Only garbage left at designated spots will be collected. Please ask your neighbors where the collection spots in your area are.

Please put out your garbage by the designated time on the collection day.

The day and time for collecting garbage is designated for each area. If you put garbage out on the day before the collection day, crows and cats may break the garbage bags and create a mess that will inconvenience people living nearby.

Please put out the designated category of garbage on the ppropriate collection day.

 If you put out the wrong type of garbage, it will not be collected. Please confirm the category and the day by refering to the garbage collection schedule from your local government office. Please note that the collection days may be changed on public holidays and New Year holidays.

Please inquire about the disposal of large items such as sofas and furniture at your  local government office.

Some cities have a collection system, but depending on the rules in your area, you may have to carry large items to the disposal station yourself.

In accordance with the Household Electrical Appliance Recycling Law, you must recycle air conditioning units, televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines.

You are required to pay a recycling fee.  Personal Computers have to be collected by your computer manufacturer. Please inquire with your computer manufacturer directly.

 Some types of garbage are difficult to categorize. When you are unaware of how to dispose of your garbage, the best way is to ask your neighbors. This is also an excellent opportunity for building new friendships with your neighbors. 'Miyazaki-City Eco Life Keihatsu-Suishin Corner,' which is on the same floor of Carino Miyazaki as the Miyazaki International Plaza, provides information about the garbage disposal system for Miyazaki City and offers pamphlets about the garbage disposal system in English, Chinese, and Korean.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Miyazaki Prefecture International Foundation at (Tel) 0985-32-8457, (Fax) 0985-32-8512, or (email) miyainfo@mif.or.jp. Thank you.

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