Garbage Disposal

Locations and Schedule

  • NLA only provides garbage disposal during the season (mid-July to mid-August). Off-season visitors must take their garbage home with them or make other arrangements.
  • Recyclable garbage collection will take place on Tuesday mornings 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Burnable garbage can be disposed of at the strategically located garbage huts through out East and West Kamiyama. If you are a weekend visitor, please ask one of your neighbors to dispose of your non-burnable garbage or take it home with you.
  • Non-burnable household garbage and recyclable household garbage can be deposited only at the following locations on Tuesday mornings between 8 and 10am. Volunteers will be available to check your sorting and answer questions.
    • next to the former East and West Kamiyama summer stores
    • behind the Business Office

A brief summary of the main types of garbage and how to deal with them

Note: The rules for garbage are significantly different in the off season!

  • Bags (Plastic) Pura. Must be clean. Place in blue bag with other "pura" plastics and bring on Tuesdays
  • Batteries Toxic. Do not bag. Place directly in bin on business office porch
  • Bottles (PET) Recycle. Remove label, clean and place in appropriate bin on Tuesday
  • Bottles (Glass) Recycle. Clean and place in appropriate bin on Tuesday
  • Bottle Caps (Metal) Non-Burn. Place in red bags with other non- burnables. Bring on Tuesdays
  • Bottle Caps (Plastic) Pura. Must be clean. Place in blue bag with other "pura" plastics and bring on Tuesdays
  • Bulbs (Fluorescent) Toxic. Do not bag. Place directly in bin on business office porch
  • Bulbs (Glass) Non-Burn. Wrap in tape (to avoid loose shards)Place in red bags with other non-burnables. Bring on Tuesday mornings
  • Cans (Paint/Varnish/Creosote) (if empty) Non-Burn. Place in red bags with other non-burnables. Bring on Tuesday mornings (if partially filled) Return to retailer for proper disposal.
  • Cans (Aluminum/Steel) Recycle. Clean and place in appropriate bin on Tuesday
  • Cardboard Recycle. Package, tie and place in newspaper/cardboard hut at business office
  • Food Compost or Burn. Compost it or put in clear plastic bag, place in hut
  • Glass (Broken) Non-Burn. Wrap in tape (to avoid loose shards)Place in red bags with other non-burnables. Bring on Tuesday mornings
  • Jars (Glass) Recycle. Clean and place in appropriate bin on Tuesday
  • Lids (Metal) Non-Burn. Place in red bags with other non-burnables. Bring on Tuesdays
  • Lids (Plastic) Pura. Must be clean. Place in blue bag with other "pura" plastics and bring on Tuesdays
  • Magazines Newspaper & Cardboard. Tie and place in newspaper/ cardboard hut at business office
  • Metal Foiled Plastics (as used for candy wrappers, potato chip & cereal bags) Non-Burn. Place in red bags with other non-burnables. Bring on Tuesdays. Not accepted as "pura" even if marked as such!
  • Newspaper Newspaper & Cardboard. Tie and place in newspaper/ cardboard hut at business office
  • Plastic Wrap Pura. Must be clean. Place in blue bag with other "pura" plastics and bring on Tuesdays
  • Pura Marked Plastics (except metal foiled plastics!) Pura. Must be clean. Place in blue bag with other "pura" plastics and bring on Tuesdays
  • Styrofoam Trays Clean and return to supermarket
  • Thermometers Toxic. Do not bag. Place directly in bin on business office porch

Regulations

NLA organizes garbage collection during the season in accordance with local municipal regulations.

1. Burnable Household Garbage

Burnable garbage may be placed in any kind of transparent/semi- transparent plastic bag. There is no need to purchase the burnable garbage bags with green lettering. The reason for this is Kobayashi san pays for disposal fees on behalf of NLA (included in your annual assessment) and purchasing these bags would mean double taxation. The bag must be tied closed so if the garbage doesn’t fit in the bag, it doesn’t go in the hut. There are several garbage huts for this garbage – see NLA maps posted on the bulletin boards for locations. Burnable garbage may be placed in the huts at any time during the season. Place garbage as far back in the hut as possible. The huts will be locked at the end of the season. Off season please take your garbage home. Do not leave garbage outside the hut. This goes against the Nojiri spirit, creates major hassles for all involved, jeopardizes the service received and simply will not be collected. Please ensure your renters are clear about this very important rule.

2. Non-Burnable Household Garbage

Non-burnable household garbage and recyclable household garbage can be deposited only at the following locations on Tuesday mornings between 8 and 10am.

Volunteers will be available to check your sorting and answer questions.
* next to the former East and West Kamiyama summer stores
* behind the Business Office

Non-burnable garbage must be placed in Shinanomachi regulation non burnable garbage bags (clear with red lettering) and the bag must be tied closed. If the garbage doesn’t fit in the bag, don’t bring it. Most electrical appliances are unacceptable. If in doubt please check with the business office. Clean and empty paint/varnish/creosote cans can be placed with non-burnable garbage. All dirty or half used cans should be taken home or arrange for disposal with a hardware store.

3. Recyclable Household Garbage

In accordance with last years new law all “pura” marked plastics must be cleaned, rinsed, dried and separated from burnable trash and placed into the clear trash bags with blue lettering. (These bags can be purchased at any of the local supermarkets, drugstores or convenience stores) Samples of “Pura” plastic trash would be the plastic that covers sashimi products, plastic labeling around pet bottles, packages inside of instant ramen products, potato chip, sembei bags, bags bread is sold in and the myriad of other thin, semi thin plastic used to wrap, cover or hold the bounty of food Japan offers. Despite our efforts much of NLA’s “pura” recyclables were rejected by the Shinanomachi authorities last year. If the “pura” is not or cannot be cleaned or rinsed (covered in mud, miso paste, etc) it is unaccepted and unavoidably is to be placed in with your burnable garbage as it cannot be recycled. This is not ideal as burning “pura” goes against Shinanomachi’s green efforts as well as greatly increases the tem- peratures within the incinerator dramatically shortening its life cycle we are told. Please bring or have someone bring to the Business Office collection site each Tuesday morning all “pura” recyclables. This is necessary to allow for coordinators and volunteers to sift and sort through all “pura” waste at a single location to ensure compliance or risk another season of much of this being rejected by the authorities creating further headaches for Kobayashi san. If you cannot comply, don’t agree or cannot understand these recycling regulations, the only alternative is to take your garbage home with you so please do. Styrofoam food trays do not go into pura recyclable waste. Take these trays back clean and color sorted to the local supermarket and place in the recycle bins that are available. Other than “pura” only the following categories are acceptable as recyclable garbage: glass bottles and jars; uncrushed steel and aluminum cans (crushed cans cut the workers hands we have been told); clean aluminum pots and pans (remove plastic handles and put with non burnable garbage); PET bottles. All recyclables other than pura should be placed directly in the appropriate bin or container, unbagged. Unclean bottles, jars, cans, or other containers will not be accepted.

  • Glass: Rinse out, remove all caps and lids. Unclean bottles or jars will not be accepted. Separate into 3 categories: Clear – Brown – Other
  • Cans - Rinse out. Separate into 2 categories: Steel or Aluminum
  • PET Bottles - Rinse out, remove the plastic cap, peel off the label.

4. Other

Newspapers & Cardboard

Newspapers/magazines and cardboard may be placed only in the Newspaper/Cardboard hut behind the Business Office at any time during the season. Newspapers and cardboard must be neatly bundled and tied. Space is limited, so place as far back in the hut as possible and stack neatly. Do not place cardboard or newspapers in the burnable garbage huts.

Toxic Household Garbage

Do not bag. Sort and place directly in the appropriate bin on the back porch of the Business Office at any time during the season.

  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
  • Thermometers

Sodai Gomi

(Miscellaneous large junk that does not fit in regulation bags) Furniture, carpets, boxes, construction materials, tires, etc. Due to new restrictions the community can no longer offer a Sodai Gomi collection service. Please contact your caretaker to have these items disposed of privately. There will be a fee.

Electrical Appliances

TVs, fridges, washing machines, etc. Under the recycling law of April 1st 2001, these items may only be disposed of through certified agents. Please contact local electrical appliance stores for information.

Golden Rule

Finally never leave any type of garbage next to the huts either during or off season. This is the worst of all garbage related transgressions and is frankly illegal. At any time of the year you are free to take your own garbage to the proper facilities in Kurohime. (details at the Business Office)

Remember, if you don’t sort your own garbage, you are forcing someone else to do it for you. The Golden Rule: If in doubt of how to dispose of an item simply ask at the Business Office.