Garbage collection sign

In Japan, garbage is basically separated into burnable, non burnable and recyclable items. At least two kinds of litter boxes can, therefore, be found in most households and in public places. The exact definition of what is burnable, non burnable and recyclable depends on the municipality.

Garbage collection days and hours depend on the area you live in. Signs in the neighborhood inform residents about the weekdays on which what type of garbage is collected. Burnable garbage is usually collected on two or three days during the week, while non burnable garbage is usually collected once a week.

The disposal of large sized garbage such as furniture, bicycles and electric appliances is handled by a special collection service against a pick-up fee, usually on an appointment basis. Toxic and hazardous items should also be handled separately.

Page last updated: March 25, 2003