Recyclable resources and proper waste disposal

Takayuki Shimaoka

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Economic and social activity promotes the generation of waste; in this respect, the text presented here discusses problems associated with waste in Japan and the efforts that have been made to solve them. Additionally, the text introduces technical transitions that have occurred in relation to waste disposal and final disposal. The following is an overview of the flow of materials in Japan, and it describes the amount of natural resources used, materials reused, and waste generated, thus providing ideas for use in policies related to building a recycling-oriented society. The stock amount of materials has now surpassed 30 % of the total amount of materials input, and materials supplied both domestically in Japan and internationally are accumulating. Although it is acknowledged that this stocked material could potentially be transformed into massive amounts of disaster waste in an instant if a large natural disaster occurred, it is considered that such material also has the potential of being used as a precious recyclable resource. This text discusses the move toward waste-based recyclable resources, which are aimed at creating a sustainable society. It delves into sustainable environmental technology used to turn large amounts of waste of varying quality into recyclable resources and also introduces an example of sustainable environmental technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Studies in Environmental Knowledge, Technology, Evaluation, and Strategy
Subtitle of host publicationIntroduction to East Asia Environmental Studies
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9784431558194
ISBN (Print)9784431558170
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Engineering


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