Items you should provision for garbage collection: designated Shinano-machi bags (green) for burnable garbage, and a bold magic marker.
As an exception to the rules, we will limit our garbage collection this season to burnable garbage, and rinsed, clean recyclable garbage - namely PET bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, and glass jars and bottles. Please refer to the details below for information on the collection sites, the dates and time of collection, and the procedures.
For the sake of avoiding direct contact with garbage and preventing infection with the novel coronavirus, we will make an exception this season and count empty milk cartons, food wrappers with the recyclable plastics symbol, and styrene foam food trays among burnable garbage.
To consider the safety of workers, NLA will suspend the collection of broken glass, pieces of ceramics, metal scraps such as worn-out pots and pans, containers of combustible liquids such as paint cans and gas canisters to table-top burners, and other non-burnable items including large pieces of junk.
Moreover, because they will have been left unattended, NLA will close down the hut for collecting cardboard and newsprint, and the bins for spent batteries and lightbulbs, located behind the Business Office.
Please note in particular that because the hotdog stand is closed this season, all garbage cans will be removed from the lakefront picnic area. We request that you carry back to your cabin all food scraps, empty beverage bottles and cans, and used food wrappers from the NLA spaces we share in common.
Please understand that from now on, as in the recent past, NLA cannot accept the disposal of appliances touching on the Japanese laws for recycling household electrical appliances.
The volunteers at our garbage collection sites are there only to take down your cabin number and see to it that our procedures are followed. This may sound callous, but if you ask them for help carrying garbage, they will not be able to respond until COVID-19 has been tamped out and resolved.
In closing, we are asking those of you arriving in NLA this season to adopt the perspectives of people hauling our garbage to the disposal plants – namely the Sanitation Department of Shinano-machi, its subcontractors, and Kobayashi Komuten. Please exercise good judgement in your behavior.
最後になりますが、今季N L Aを訪れる方々にはゴミを処理場まで運搬して頂く信濃町役場衛生課、請負業者、小林工務店の皆様の身になって良識ある行動をお取り下さるよう切にお願いいたします。
Shinano-machi’s designated bags for burnable garbage can be purchased at the town’s supermarket and other stores carrying them. The current version is in green lettering, with a 15-yen fee printed on the smaller bag and a 30-yen fee printed on the larger one.
The collection dates scheduled for this season are Monday, July 20; Saturday, July 25; Monday, July 27; Friday, July 31; Monday, August 3; Friday, August 7; Tuesday, August 11; Friday, August 14; Monday, August 17; Friday, August 21; Monday, August 24; Friday, August 28; and Monday, August 31.
The collection time is from 7 to 8 in the morning. Please adhere to this hour as it is a common agreement among all hamlets in the town.
Our three collection sites will be opened on those mornings at the East Kamiyama Gate, the West Kamiyama Gate at the far end atop our hill, and behind the Business Office. Please absolutely avoid abandoning burnable garbage at these sites the night before, as this attracts dangerous animals including bears, monkeys, wild boars, badgers, and crows.
To prevent garbage from spilling over, do not overstuff the bags. We will make an exception this season and count empty milk cartons, food wrappers with the recyclable plastics symbol, and styrene foam food trays among burnable garbage. Plastic containers including for condiments like ketchup and mayonnaise, shampoo and shower soap, kitchen detergent, and laundry detergent have always been included among burnable garbage in Shinano-machi.
Before tying shut the bags as tightly as possible, using both the tie straps and handle straps, make sure that there are no PET bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass jars and bottles, or combustibles such as disposable lighters mixed in with the burnable garbage.
Be certain to write your cabin number on the bags with a bold magic marker before carrying them out in the morning to one of the collection sites. Your chore is finished once you give your cabin number to the volunteers and follow their instructions for placing the bags down.
There will be no need for Shinano-machi bags designated for recyclable plastic wrappers, and non-burnable garbage, as we have always contracted the haulage of recyclable garbage with Kobayashi Komuten and have suspended the collection of non-burnable garbage for this season.
The collection dates of rinsed and clean PET bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, and glass jars and bottles are scheduled for this season on Wednesdays, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, and August 26.
The collection time is from 8 to 9:30 in the morning.
Our three collection sites will be opened on those mornings at the East Kamiyama Gate, the West Kamiyama Rotary, just beyond the west end of the golf course, and behind the Business Office.
It’s a good idea to remove the labels and caps from PET bottles beforehand, and to crush the bottles flat; as well as to sort the cans into aluminum and steel, and the glass bottles and jars according to color. Baskets can come in handy for carrying these items.
Unfortunately, NLA cannot accept the collection of large, 1.8-liter sake bottles, or large (633 ml) and medium (500 ml) beer bottles for that matter. These must be returned to a liquor store.
We will set up collection bins by type for you to follow the instructions of volunteers and do your part in sorting recyclables.
We are inviting you to volunteer and help monitor our collection of burnable and recyclable garbage.
Guidelines and signup sheets will be posted on bulletin boards at the Business Office, the Boathouse, East Kamiyama, and West Kamiyama. Please consider volunteering if you have no underlying conditions and count yourself among the young.
Participating volunteers must wear a protective mask, and, if you want, the wearing of sunglasses, eyeglasses, face shields, or protective goggles as additional protection.
We will provision our sites with alcohol disinfectant sprays. Because we plan on enforcing social distancing by absolutely forbidding you from having direct contact with someone else’s garbage, protective gloves probably won’t be necessary. But we will still stock them as a contingency.
For burnable garbage collection, the procedures you follow will range from verbally confirming that there are no PET bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass jars and bottles, or combustibles such as disposable lighters mixed in with the burnable garbage; taking down the cabin numbers of bearers and getting them to write the numbers on the bags; instructing the placement of the bags to make an orderly pile; and after the cutoff time, to placing a net and other protective covering over the pile.
For recyclable garbage collection, all you need is to observe that the sorting is proceeding as arranged.
Once you finish, we encourage you to immediately wash your hands and face with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds each.