The town’s Zero Waste Academy sets the blueprint
Kamikatsu’s Zero Waste Academy was a non-profit organisation established to promote the town’s 2003 Zero Waste Declaration. It also provided advice on how to modify social systems and habits in order to eliminate waste. For example, the academy encouraged manufacturers to consider implementing a repurchase programme for old products, in order to make recycling easier and eliminate illegal waste dumping. It also advocates for local governments to stop burning waste, and dumping it into landfills.
Thanks in part to the Zero Waste Academy’s pioneering methods, other Japanese towns have adopted Kamikatsu’s eco-friendly measures, including Minamata in Kumamoto prefecture, and Ikaruga in Nara prefecture.
From April 1 2020, the Zero Waste Academy focuses mainly on introducing eco-friendly measures to local governments.