ISSN Print: 2381-1153  ISSN Online: 2381-1161
American Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science  
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Citizen Activity May Be Effective in Reducing General Waste
American Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science
Vol.5 , No. 4, Publication Date: Aug. 10, 2018, Page: 72-76
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Authors
 
[1]    

Yukihiro Ikeda, Center for Occupational Safety and Health Management, Kindai University Hospital, Osakasayama, Osaka, Japan.

 
Abstract
 

Reduction of household waste is an environmental concern. I report how activities involving citizens contribute to general waste reduction. In 2010, a citizen group for waste reduction was established in Osaka-sayama city. Not only citizens but city administrative staff participated in this organization. We examined the composition of waste discharged from home. We held monthly regular meetings and shared methods of waste reduction and ideas practiced by individuals. At event, we introduced the resent situation report of Osaka-sayama City and these waste reduction methods. The city provided free lending of compost and support for purchasing cost of kitchen waste dryer. Waste discharges per person began to decline following the start of the citizen group activities. In five years Osaka-sayama city per person discharges were at the same level as neighboring municipalities. Citizen activity may be useful for reducing general waste in a region.


Keywords
 

General Waste Reduction, Citizen Activity, Household Waste


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