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This Japanese Town Shows How ‘Zero Waste’ Is Done

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Zero Waste (90% or more diversion from incineration and landfill) is a concept and a practical approach to managing the valuable materials in waste streams across the globe. Kamikatsu, Japan, with 1,700 residents, declared for Zero Waste in 2003 as an alternative to open burning of garbage. They are now at 80% diversion.

Read the full story here from City Lab, December 9, 2015

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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