Kamikatsu-cho Zero Waste Declaration

In 17 years since formulating the Zero Waste Declaration in 2003, all individual residents have worked to
reduce waste in Kamikatsu-cho, and we have achieved a recycling rate of more than 80%.
The major challenge for a small village has attracted global attention and
paved the way for a sustainable society.
Our goal is to develop a town with abundant natural beauty and make it a place where everyone feels
happy and can fulfill their respective dreams.
As a pioneer in zero waste, Kamikatsu-cho has once again declared a zero waste policy with a
key target of “Thinking about the future of the living environment for our children as one’s own
responsibility and fostering people who can take action” until 2030.


Enrich our lives
through zero waste.


Undertake all experiments
and challenges possible
within the town, and reduce
anything that can become
rubbish to zero.


Create structures for learning
about zero waste and
environmental problems, and
foster leaders for a new age.

Goals of Kamikatsu-cho


What is zero waste?

“Zero waste” means the elimination of waste and garbage.
It does not refer to treating garbage,
but refers to a way of thinking not to emit garbage in the first place.


Kamikatsu-cho’s Zero Waste Policy

Kamikatsu-cho implements thorough recycling initiatives to achieve a zero waste society.
We communicate this philosophy and initiatives with
an aim of increasing the percentage of like-minded people in the society.

Zero Waste Center

Established in April 2020 A center for zero waste wherein residents bring and separate their own garbage. By outfitting with new shared offices and accommodation, our goal is to create a facility for interaction among individuals with a desire to learn about zero waste.

Garbage separation
in Kamikatsu-cho

Residents do their own separation at the Zero Waste Center. Garbage is currently sorted into 13 types and 45 categories. Fine categorization enables relief of resources from incineration and landfill and greatly reduces the cost of disposal.


Kamikatsu-cho’s Initiatives

In Kamikatsu-cho, the administration, residents,
and offices work collaboratively to develop initiatives for zero waste.

Town Hall Initiatives

Formulate and draft various policies to reduce garbage, together with residents and experts.

Resident Initiatives

Not to mention sorting but also putting the concept of zero waste into practice in daily lives through ideas, such as using things with care.

Office Initiatives

Offices should endorse the concept of zero waste and think about what they can do to put such measures into practice.


History of Kamikatsu-cho’s Zero Waste

Kamikatsu-cho was the first town in Japan to make a Zero Waste Declaration and has conducted activities
aiming for zero garbage for incineration and landfill within the town by 2020.
The History.

Burning of
agricultural waste

Until 1997
Incineration at a location for
burning of agricultural waste.
Commenced sorting into nine
categories in 1997.


From 1998
Establishment of
two small incinerators.
Commenced sorting
into 22 categories.


From 2001
Closed incinerators and
commenced sorting
into 35 categories.
(34 categories in the following year.)

Zero Waste

Japan’s first
Zero Waste Declaration

3R Promotion

From 2003


2012 Commenced return to residents measurements. (Rescue mission to recycle paper)
2016 Commenced sorting into 45 categories,
reuse rate of more than 80%.
2020 Completed construction of the Zero Waste Center.


2006 Commenced Kurukuru Shop.
2007 Commenced Kurukuru Workshop.
2008 Commenced rental of reused tableware.


2011 Offices within the town commenced
selling by weight.
2017 Commenced complimentary cloth diapers.
2017 Commenced zero waste certification.


Zero waste and toward the future

A zero waste society cannot be achieved by Kamikatsu-cho’s efforts alone.
Aiming to solve various problems through partnerships with local government and companies worldwide.

Zero Waste Declaration Body

There are several towns in the world that have made a Zero Waste Declaration. Even in Japan, five local governments have made declarations and information is exchanged on a regular basis.

Cooperation with companies

Issues that are difficult for the administration and citizens to resolve are considered, coupled with gaining expert opinions from professionals, conducting experiments, and formulating proposals to develop a sustainable society.

Seeking partner companies and organizations!

The recycling rate at Kamikatsu-cho, which is aiming for zero waste, has reached 80%.
“What can be done about the remaining 20%?” “How can we reduce the inconvenience of sorting?”
Issues involving Kamikatsu-cho should be considered as world issues in the future.
We are seeking local governments, companies, organizations,
and research institutes to become partners with us in aiming for a sustainable society.
Corporate versions of hometown taxes can also be used.
Projects that Kamikatsu-cho want to be involved in
  • We want to reduce the burden on residents involved in recycling.
  • We want to further enrich zero waste education.
  • We want to disseminate information on zero waste worldwide.
  • We want to reduce the remaining 20% waste that cannot be recycled.
  • We want to live a happier, zero waste life.


Kamikatsu-cho zero waste related movies

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Great Big Story
Japan’s Town With No Waste

Traditional Chinese

Tzu Chi DaAiVideo
20191201 – 日本最不廢小鎮


Kamikatsu, Japon:
100% de déchets recycles

for Media

Please apply using the dedicated form for materials
concerning Kamikatsu-cho’s zero waste policies.


How to get to Kamikatsu-cho?

One hour and 10 minutes by plane from Tokyo and one hour and 30 minutes by car from the airport