The cost of growth and development are already too high and the future is bleak unless we do something, the world will not be fit to live in. We need to re-think our whole way of life especial we should think of the system for garbage disposal.
The Japanese have a secret that has helped them to conquer the world. The will spend hours arranging simple black pebbles on a table. They rearrange an entire room to create the perfect space for a needle thin vase to holt three strands of long grass. It’s difficult to overemphasize their passion for beauty which permits every aspect of their lives. In a Tokyo market a little old woman wraps the broom you buy so meticulously that you hesitate to unwrap the package; it’s too perfect to spoil. The Japanese obsession with beauty seems incomprehensible to Western who see beauty as an indulgence to think about in their spare time. To the Japanese, however, it’s a necessity because it humanizes an overcrowded, polluted society.
With their disposal chopsticks and triple wrapped groceries the Japanese are hardly more virtuous than Americans when it comes to generating trash. But since the tiny country has even less land-fill space than the US, necessity has inspired a sophisticated system for handling trash. Japanese realize that burning, recycling and reducing each has its place. For the Japanese, the solution of choice is recycling. In Tokyo, enterprising firms have traditionally toured neighborhoods collecting newspapers , magazines and rags in exchange for new bathroom and facial tissue. Button shaped batteries, containing toxic mercury are returned to the store to be recycled. And although only a few years ago no Japanese would touch used goods, the latest trend is garage sales and flea market, which give secondhand wares new life. About 40% of solid waste is recycled, including half the paper about 55% of glass bottles and 66% of food and beverage cans.
Since the early 1970s, officials have strictly enforced mandatory separation of burnable from noncombustible trash. Burnable waste 72% of the total after recycling is trucked to incinerators, which reduce it in weight and volume by at least 80%. Every Japanese boast that their incinerators are clean there is controversy over whether toxic dioxins and furans – produced during combustion are spewed out.
Non-burnable garbage is separated, melted and refabricated, ferrous metals are reclaimed. The verdant lawns of one of Tokyo Bays two “Dream Island” land fill that opened in 1957, are covered with a soccer field baseball diamonds and a bicycling course, there is also a pool and indoor garden.
Jet Japan has not conquered garbage. But the system for garbage disposal in Japan is more perfect than in other countries. The overall recycling rate peaking at about 50%; it has dropped during the 1980s. And the country still makes too much of the stuff. Cleaning appliances and barely used furniture owe discarded, and it’s impossible to buy even a pencil without the sale clerk wrapping it. Everything wrapped in this country. Partly as a result, Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures will have an excess of 3 million tones of garbage by 2012, and might have to ship it elsewhere. Before that happens the government will probably promote greater recycling and changes in consumption patterns to reduce the amount of trash that is citizens generate.