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Garbage rules in Japan are strict, and vary from area to area, even within cities. Below are some general guidelines that may or may not apply to you. Get information on rules for separation and disposal from your city/ward office, and check the procedures for your own building.


Kitchen waste, tissues, scrap paper, rubber products, leather products, CDs, videotapes, clothing, disposable diapers, cooking oil, plastic containers that cannot be washed


Put out on the morning of collection day in clear plastic bags.

  • Paper that has stains or odors
  • Plastic products with stains that are difficult to remove
  • kitchen waste
  • Leather items
  • Fallen leaves, pruned branches, sheets,curtains
  • Other Items


Glass (other than bottles and jars), metals, ceramics, spray cans, gas canisters, lighters, small electronics, electric and fluorescent light bulbs.


Put out on morning of collection day in clear plastic bags, labeled with contents.

  • Metals, cutlery
  • Porcelain, glass, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes
  • Small electic items
  • Other items


Cleaned out plastic food containers, Styrofoam, plastic bags and sheeting, hangers, toothbrushes, straws etc.


Put out on the morning of collection day in clear plastic bags.

  • Plastic containers and wrappers
  • Plastic products, rubber products

Food and Drink Recyclables

Plastic (pet) bottles, food and drinks cans, glass bottles and jars. Caps, lids and labels should be removed and disposed of in the appropriate category.


Specialized containers are placed in streets the day prior to collection – blue net bags for plastic bottles, yellow crates for glass containers and blue crates for cans.

Paper and Cardboard

Newspapers, magazines, papers and cardboard (including clean cardboard food and drinks cartons).


Sort by type, bind with string and place loose outside at designated collection points.

Oversized Waste

Furniture, bulky bedding, medium and large appliances (excluding refrigerators, washing machines, computers, TVs and air conditioners), bicycles etc.


Oversized garbage in most of the 23 wards area of Tokyo is handled by the Large Sized Waste Reception Center (call: 03-5296-7000). In Shinagawa, Nakano, Meguro, Setagaya and Nerima wards, and areas outside of the 23 wards, oversized garbage is handled by the local municipal office. Set up a date for the collection and describe the type and size of item you wish to dispose of, either by phone or in person. Fees for collection are paid by buying disposal stickers up to a value determined by the size and type of the item. If you call to arrange the disposal, you can buy these stickers at a convenience store. Place the stickers on the item and put it outside on the day agreed upon. Disposal for home appliances not handled as oversized waste can be arranged for a fee, either through the original store of purchase or through a private recycling company.

  • Carpet,スキーの板,ゴルフ,bicycles, トランクケース

Garbage Marks

The following marks appear on items to make it easier to identify which kind of garbage they fall under.

  • Plastic mark
  • Aluminium mark
  • Steel mark
  • PET mark
  • Paper mark