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Garbage and Recycling

How to Dispose of Recyclable Resources and Garbage

Inquiries: Shinjuku Waste Collection Office
Address: 2-1-1 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3950-2923
Inquiries: Shinjuku-Higashi Waste Collection Center
Address: 25 Sanei-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3353-9471
Inquiries: Kabukicho Waste Collection Center
Address: 2-42-7 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3200-5339

As a rule, the collection of recyclable resources and garbage from regular households is free of charge. There is a fee, however, for the collection of large amounts of garbage and oversized garbage.
A fee is charged for all recyclable resources and garbage from shops and businesses. As a rule, the city would like shops and businesses to handle their own garbage (through use of a waste collection company or recyclable resource collection company). The Shinjuku City Office only deals with small-scale shops and businesses that have difficulty finalizing contracts with waste-collection companies or other similar organizations, and they must attach official Shinjuku City Garbage Handling Fee Tickets to their garbage. Please purchase these stickers at any shop showing the agency sign, and place the stickers on garbage bags, newspapers, and magazines in a spot where they can easily be seen.
It is important that everybody observes the rules when disposing of recyclable resources and garbage, to eliminate any possible problems with neighbors.
Shinjuku City Office has information in foreign languages on how to dispose of recyclable resources and garbage, so please use this information.
Also, a PDF version is available on Shinjuku City’s Information on Everyday Living for Foreign Residents website.
URL: http://www.foreign.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/en/pdf/pdf_1/

●Reduce Waste with 3Rs
Recycling items instead of throwing them away as garbage helps the global environment in that it conserves natural resources. Let’s work together to reduce garbage and reuse recyclable resources.
Observe the following 3Rs to reduce garbage:
○Reduce
Reduce items that will become garbage. For example, do not buy unnecessary items.
○Reuse
Make the most of items without throwing them away. For example, use the same bottle over and over again.
○Recycle
Process items into recyclable resources. For example, separate old paper, bottles, and cans and dispose of them as recyclable resources.

●How to Dispose of Recyclable Resources

Category Collection
Frequency
Collection Site/th> Please Be Aware of the Following Points!
Newspapers (includes fliers)
Magazines (includes notebooks, confection boxes, wrapping paper, and envelopes)
Cardboard
Paper Cartons
Once a week Recyclable resources and garbage collection site
Please put out by 8 a.m. on the collection day.
○Bind items with string according to type. Collection is made on rainy days as well.
○Fold newspapers into four (A4-size).
○The following items are not collected as recyclable resources, so please dispose of them as combustible garbage:
Photographs, heat-sensitive paper, paper cups, window envelopes, paper scraps, plastic-coated paper, waxed cardboard, oily stained paper such as pizza home-delivery boxes, etc.
○There is a charge for the collection of business-related recyclable resources. Please attach a Garbage Handling Fee Ticket to the garbage.
Plastic Containers and Wrapping with the Identifying Mark (such as plastic bottles, cups, trays, packages, and tubes; plastic bags for confections and frozen food; retort pouches; plastic lids; plastic clasps; plastic shopping bags; etc.) Once a week Recyclable resources and garbage collection site
Please put out by 8 a.m. on the collection day.
○Items that are dirty are not considered recyclable resources.
○Items that are not completely emptied or that are difficult to clean should be disposed of as combustible garbage.
○Dispose of items together in a garbage container with a lid or a transparent/semitransparent garbage bag.
○There is a fee for the collection of business-related recyclable resources. Please attach a Garbage Handling Fee Ticket to the garbage.
Bottles (for food, beverages, cosmetics, and medicines) Once a week Recyclable resources and garbage collection site
Please put out by 8 a.m. on the collection day.
○ After rinsing the insides out with water, please place these items in a transparent/semitransparent plastic bag. As a rule, broken bottles, bottles you cannot clean properly, medicine bottles (except for bottles that contained medicinal drinks), light bulbs, and fluorescent lights are not collected as recyclable resources. Please dispose of these items together with metal, ceramic, and glass items. Please take returnable bottles—such as beer bottles and issho-bin (1.8-liter sake bottles)—to a liquor store.
Cans (for food and beverages) ○After rinsing the insides out with water, please place these items in a transparent/semitransparent plastic bag. Cans you cannot clean properly, cans that held contents other than food and beverage, and itto-kan (18-liter cans) are not collected as recyclable resources. Please dispose of them together with metal, ceramic, and glass items.
Spray Cans, Gas Cylinders, Disposable Dry-Cell Batteries ○Please place these items in a transparent/semitransparent plastic bag after using up their contents completely.
Plastic PET Bottles (with the identifying mark) ○After rinsing the insides out with water, please crush plastic bottles and place them in a transparent/semitransparent plastic bag. Dispose of caps and labels together with plastic containers and wrapping.
Notes:
1. At some garbage collection sites, such as those for apartments and condominiums, the collection containers/nets are distributed. Please place bottles in the yellow containers; cans in the blue containers; spray cans, gas cassettes, and dry-cell batteries in the green containers; and plastic PET bottles in the blue nets.
2. A fee is charged for the collection of business-related recyclable resources. Please place such items in a bag and attach the Garbage Handling Fee Ticket according to the size of the bag.
Disposable Dry-Cell Batteries (alkaline, manganese, and lithium) Collection box at municipal facilities ○ Please place disposable dry-cell batteries in the dry-cell battery collection box. There are boxes at Shinjuku City Office Main Bldg., Branch Offices, Lifelong Learning Halls, Kotobuki Hall, children’s halls, post offices and supermarkets. In addition, please take button-type batteries, rechargeable small batteries (nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel metal hydride batteries and lithium ion batteries) and mobile batteries to cooperating recycling shops.
Cartons
(500 ml or larger)
Collection box at municipal facilities ○After you have emptied the carton, rinse it with water, cut it open, let it dry, and place it in the collection box. Please dispose of dirty cartons and those with aluminum inner lining as combustible garbage.
○Collected at municipal facilities and recyclable resource collection boxes located at supermarkets and similar locations.
White Styrofoam Trays Collection box at municipal facilities ○Please rinse the white styrofoam trays lightly and dry them before putting them in the boxes.
○In addition to municipal facilities, some supermarkets, co-ops, etc. conduct collections independently. Check the rules of the collecting store (such as rinsing off any dirt and sticking to the types of trays accepted) before placing items in the collection box.
Collection of used small electronic devices (mobile phones, mobile music players, portable game devices, digital cameras, portable video cameras, portable car navigators, electronic dictionaries, calculators, and accessories such as remote controllers, AC adaptors and cables) Shinjuku Waste Collection Office, Shinjuku-Higashi Waste Collection Center, Kabukicho Waste Collection Center, Shinjuku Waste Station/Resource Center, Shinjuku Recycling Center, Nishi-Waseda Recycling Center, Waste Reduction and Recycling Division of Shinjuku City Office (Shinjuku City Office Main Bldg. 7F) and collection boxes at the Branch Offices, etc. ○Nine types of used small electronic devices are collected at service counters of the collection sites at left.
○Please note that the collection schedules of these service counters vary.
○Put these items in the collection boxes at the City Office Main Building 1F, Branch Offices and the Environmental Studies and Information Center (Eco Gallery Shinjuku).

●How to Dispose of Garbage

Category Collection
Frequency
Collection Site Please Be Aware of the Following Points!
Combustible Garbage
(Kitchen scraps, paper scraps, wood chips, plastic items other than containers and wrapping with the identifyingmark, rubber items, leather items, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, chemical rags, cigarette butts, etc.)
Twice a week Recyclable resources and garbage collection site
Please put out by 8 a.m. on the collection day.
○Please separate garbage properly and place the garbage in containers or transparent/semitransparent plastic bags. Please pick up your empty containers as soon as possible.
○Wrap sharp objects, such as glass and skewers, using thick paper, and label it “kiken (dangerous)” before disposal.
○Be sure to use lighters completely before disposal. Please put them in a separate bag from other garbage.
○Please be sure to place household mercury thermometers and mercury blood pressure measuring machines in a separate transparent/semitransparent bag so that the contents can be seen.
○Please place fluorescent lights in paper cases before disposal.
○There is a fee for the collection of business-related garbage. Please attach a Garbage Handling Fee Ticket.
Metal, Ceramics, and Glass
(This category includes small electric appliances, lighters, etc.)
Twice a month
Oversized Garbage (excluding air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators, freezers, laundry machines, clothes dryers, and personal computers)
Call the Oversized Garbage Reception Center,Tel: 03-5296-7000 for reservations (Mon. through Sat., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Reservations can also be made over the Internet (24 hours).
Website:
http://sodai.tokyokankyo.or.jp/
On a reservation basis In front of the house, etc.
Please put out by 8 a.m. on the collection day.
○Garbage items measuring over 30 cm on any side—such as furniture, bedding, electric products or bicycles—are considered oversized garbage.
○There is a fee for the collection of all oversized garbage. After making a reservation with the Oversized Garbage Reception Center, please purchase the appropriate Oversized Garbage Handling Fee Tickets and attach them to the oversized garbage on the day of collection.
○There are handling fee reduction programs for victims of natural disasters and fires, those receiving public financial assistance for everyday living, and recipients of Child Support Allowance, Special Child Support Allowance, and Age Welfare Pension.
○The city does not collect oversized garbage produced from business activities. Please make arrangements to dispose of these items.

●Air Conditioners, TVs, Refrigerators (Freezers), Laundry Machines, Clothes Dryers, and Personal Computers

Air Conditioners, TVs, Refrigerators (Freezers), Laundry Machines, and Clothes Dryers ○Since these items are covered by the Home Appliance Recycling Law, the city does not collect them.
○When replacing your old appliances, please ask the store where you are purchasing a new one to handle your used appliance.
If you are simply throwing away your old appliance, ask the original store of purchase to handle your used appliance.
○If you are unable to ask an electric appliance store to handle your used appliance, please call the Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center.
Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center, Tel: 03-5296-7200 (Mon. through Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
○The person disposing of items must bear the cost of the recycling fee and a separate collection/transportation fee. For more information on recycling fees and collection/transportation fees, please ask the retail store or the Electric Appliance Recycling Reception Center.
Personal Computers ○Personal computers that are no longer needed are collected and recycled by the manufacturers.
○Personal computers are not collected by the city. Please apply for collection with the manufacturer of the computer you plan to dispose of.
Note: You can find the telephone number of the manufacturer at the PC3R Promotion Association (Tel: 03-5282-7685, URL: www.pc3r.jp/)
Contact PC3R Promotion Association for personal computers of which you don’t know the manufacturer or hand-made computers.

Note: The following items are not collected by the city. Please call the waste collection office or waste collection center for more information.
Hazardous items, dangerous items, items that emit strong odors, and items that are difficult to dispose of.
Examples: Industrial chemicals, fireworks, matches, gas cylinders (excluding those for tabletop cooking equipment), paint thinner, light oil, kerosene, gasoline, paint, printing ink, car batteries, soil, sand, rocks, concrete blocks, sludge, fire extinguishers, automobiles, motorcycles, tires, pianos, heat-resistant safes, etc.

To Prevent Crows and Cats from Causing Damage to Garbage Collection Sites

Inquiries: Shinjuku Waste Collection Office
Address: 2-1-1 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3950-2923
Inquiries: Shinjuku-Higashi Waste Collection Center
Address: 25 Sanei-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3353-9471
Inquiries: Kabukicho Waste Collection Center
Address: 2-42-7 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3200-5339

To prevent crows and cats from scattering kitchen scraps and to keep garbage collection sites as clean as possible, the City Office serves as a source for the rental of crow-prevention nets.
Crow-prevention nets are free for use by those who use or maintain garbage collection sites.

Handling Animal (Dog, Cat, etc.) Carcasses

Inquiries: Shinjuku Waste Collection Office
Address: 2-1-1 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3950-2923
Inquiries: Shinjuku-Higashi Waste Collection Center
Address: 25 Sanei-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3353-9471
Inquiries: Kabukicho Waste Collection Center
Address: 2-42-7 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3200-5339

If a pet dies, you can bury your pet in a private cemetery or ask the waste collection office (Handling fee: ¥3,000 per animal) to handle the carcass. The waste collection office will not handle any carcass weighing 25 kg or more.
If you find an animal carcass on the street, or on park or private land (including empty lots), please tell a maintenance person who will handle its disposal.

●City Roads
Tobu Public Works Office
Jurisdiction: East of Meiji-dori Avenue
Tel: 03-5361-2454
Seibu Public Works Office
Jurisdiction: West of Meiji-dori Avenue
Tel: 03-3364-2422

●City Parks
Tobu Park Office
Jurisdiction: East of Meiji-dori Avenue
Tel: 03-5361-2451
Seibu Park Office
Jurisdiction: West of Meiji-dori Avenue
Tel: 03-3364-2421

●Metropolitan Roads (contracted to Shinjuku City by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
Shinjuku Waste Collection Office
Tel: 03-3950-2923
Shinjuku-Higashi Waste Collection Center
Tel: 03-3353-9471
Kabukicho Waste Collection Center
Tel: 03-3200-5339

●National Roads
Tokyo National Highway Office Yoyogi Branch
Tel: 03-3374-9451

●Private Property (including empty lots)
The carcass will be handled at the expense of the property owner. If you ask a waste collection office or waste collection center to handle the carcass, a handling fee (¥3,000 per animal) will be charged.

Shinjuku Recycling Center

Address: 4-10-2 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-5330-5374
Closed: Mon. (Open if Mon. is a national holiday, and closed the following day) and during the year-end/New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3)

To promote the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), the Center conducts classes on recycling and various programs geared toward the reduction of garbage.
(1) Reading area and rental of library books
(2) Classes on the environment and recycling
A venue for people to enjoy learning about the three Rs, the Center holds classes two or three times per month.
(3) Flea Markets
Held on the first and third Sundays of the month
(4) Recycle Shop Moichido Club
Clothes and daily commodities that are no longer needed are sold.
(5) Catalog of Items
Used electric appliances and interior objects are posted on the bulletin board, and items that are cataloged in this manner are sold.
(6) Display and Sale of Furniture
Reusable furniture that is collected and repaired at Nishi-Waseda Recycling Center is sold.
(7) Collection of Recyclable Resources
Nine kinds of items are collected at recyclable resource collection stations.
(8) Meeting Room Rentals
City residents can rent meeting rooms for recycling activities.
Note: Registration is required before using services (3) through (5).

Nishi-Waseda Recycling Center

Address: 3-19-5 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-5272-5374
Closed: Mon. (Open if Mon. is a national holiday, and closed the following day) and during the year-end/New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3)

To promote the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), the Center conducts classes on recycling and various programs geared toward the reduction of garbage.
(1) Reading area and rental of library books
(2) Classes on the environment and recycling
A venue for people to enjoy learning about the three Rs, the Center holds classes on an ongoing basis.
(3) Flea Markets
Held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month
(4) Catalog of Items
Used electric appliances and interior objects are posted on the bulletin board, and items that are cataloged in this manner are sold.
(5) Display and Sale of Furniture
Used furniture is collected, repaired and sold.
(6) Collection of Recyclable Resources
Nine kinds of items are collected at recyclable resource collection stations.
Note: Registration is required before using services (3) and (4).

To Prevent Damages Caused by Littering of Empty Cans and Smoking on the Street

Section in charge: City Beautification Section, Waste Reduction and Recycling Division

Littering is prohibited in the public areas of Shinjuku City (such as the streets). Violators will be fined (¥20,000 or less), especially in the Designated Beautification Areas (Shinjuku Station east exit, Shinjuku Station west exit, and Takadanobaba Station areas).
Smoking on the street is prohibited throughout the entire city except for certain designated areas. Smoking while walking is, of course, prohibited, as well as smoking while standing using a portable ashtray. Respect the rules and observe the designated smoking and nonsmoking areas so that everyone—particularly those who need to avoid cigarette smoke for specific health reasons (e.g., asthmatics), those who are sensitive to smoke, and children—can breathe free and enjoy their time outside.
Please cooperate in creating a safe, clean town we can live in with peace of mind.

April 1, 2018